Fabric (club) in London
Fabric is a nightclub in London, United Kingdom. It was voted number 1 in DJ Magazine's "Top 100 Clubs in the World" poll in 2007 and number 2 in 2008, 2009 and 2010. It is located on Charterhouse Street opposite Smithfield meat market on the southern boundary of the London Borough of Islington.
The club was founded by Keith Reilly (the vision behind the concept) and Cameron Leslie and opened on 29 October 1999.
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 briefly went into administration after its sister club Matter, with whom it had a cross-guaranteed loan, announced it would close for the summer due to financial difficulties suffered as a consequence of continued delays with TfL upgrade of the Jubilee Line. Fabric was put on the market on 1 June 2010. On 24 June it was announced fabric was no longer in administration and had been bought by Fabric Life Limited "a consortium who fully back [fabric] founders Keith Reilly and Cameron Leslie's vision."
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.
fabric has been using Ticket ABC , a white label ticketing and venue management solution to sell their online tickets via fabric's website since August 2010 .
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.
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.
The full list of titles is the series can be seen at Fabric discography
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.