A controversial ruling Tuesday ended an era in British nightlife with the decision to close London's Fabric nightclub. The venue, which remained a staple of British clubbing and live music for nearly 20 years, had its license revoked following two recent drug-related fatalities at the club and a pervasive "culture of drugs." While Fabric's owners might appeal the decision, it's largely being viewed as the latest death knell in London's declining nightlife scene. Following the news, several of Britain's biggest artists indebted to the club circuit — including Disclosure, Hudson Mohawke, and Katy B — have shared their thoughts on the vote, with many sharply criticizing the closing and all mourning the loss of a cultural institution.
..Such an important night club for London and it's culture. Another decision made by the powerful that affects the youth and not themselves— Disclosure (@disclosure) September 7, 2016
As a resident of Islington, I feel incredibly disappointed and angry at the councils decision to close @fabriclondon permanently..— Disclosure (@disclosure) September 7, 2016
..50% of London's clubs have closed in the last 8 years, and 40% of live venues. This just isn't good enough for London. Help us @SadiqKhan— Disclosure (@disclosure) September 7, 2016
So sad about Fabric closing. Earliest clubbing memories and such an important club for london. #fabricreview 💔— Jessie Ware (@JessieWare) September 7, 2016
r.i.p. #Fabric , had some amazing experiences there— Hudson Mohawke (@HudMo) September 7, 2016
How can I wake up to this bullshit! How can they take away the best club in London .. Fuming— KATY B (@KatyB) September 7, 2016
London's mayor Sadiq Khan (who can't overturn a licensing vote) also released a statement expressing his disappointment that the voting council couldn't find a compromise to prevent drug deaths while also keeping Fabric's doors open: "As a result of this decision, thousands of people who enjoyed going to Fabric as an essential part of London's nightlife will lose out." Fabric's owners have called the decision a "troubling precedent for the future of London's night time economy."