Fabric

Fabric is a nightclub in London, United Kingdom. It was number 2 on DJ Magazine's "Top 100 Clubs" list in 2009 and 2010. It is located on Charterhouse Street opposite Smithfield meat market on the southern boundary of the London Borough of Islington.

History

The club was founded by Keith Reilly and opened on 29 October 1999. Cameron Leslie was hired by Reilly as a General Manager, and rose to become Managing Director for some years.

Fabric occupies the renovated space of the Metropolitan Cold Stores. Smithfield Meat Market stands and operates from a site directly opposite. The area's construction took place in Victorian times alongside nearby landmarks Holborn Viaduct and Fleet Valley Bridge.

Fabric has three separate rooms with independent sound systems; two of the rooms feature stages for live acts. A feature of the club is its vibrating floor in Room One: known as a "bodysonic" dancefloor, sections of the floor are attached to 400 bass transducers emitting bass frequencies of the music being played.

In 2010, Fabric went into administration after its sister club Matter, also founded by Cameron Leslie, to whom it had guaranteed a ₤3.2 million loan, announced it would close for the summer due to financial difficulties. Fabric was put on the market on 1 June 2010. A spokesperson for property consultants Edward Symons said that if the right buyer were found, the club would continue to remain open. Other major club operators showed interest in buying Fabric. After three weeks, it was announced that Fabric was no longer in administration as it had been bought by Fabric Life Limited, "a consortium who fully back founder Keith Reilly", which was set up by one of its former investors. At that time, over 100 people were reported to be employed by Fabric.

Style

The musical genres played there vary. FabricLive is a Friday-night "soundclash", including tempos from hip hop, breakbeat, dubstep, drum and bass and electro. Fabric's Saturday nights showcase house and techno. Craig Richards and Terry Francis are the club's resident DJs. Richards is also one of the Directors of Music Programming, selecting the lineups for Saturday nights, which have featured appearances by DJs such as Ricardo Villalobos, Carl Craig, Ellen Allien, and many others.

Sundays at Fabric are promoted by Wetyourself, a Polysexual event that has been running since February 2009. The music policy is underground house and techno, with the occasional live PA.

Performances

Although the club has had many top DJs and established artists play, Fabric also books less well-established names on the UK and international circuit, being one of the first UK venues to book Ricardo Villalobos, Michael Mayer, Akufen, and Ewan Pearson.

Fabric Records

A CD series was launched in 2001. It rotates monthly between Fabric and FabricLive, with the series showcasing established and emerging DJs. It is entirely independent and operated solely by Fabric.

Matter

On 19 September 2008, Reilly and Leslie opened the 2,600 capacity music venue Matter. Located in The O2, it was their first project outside of Fabric. Matter has since closed.