“[Fabric] was a religion for all of us.”
In an interview with Channel 4 News, rave innovator Goldie said he would melt down his MBE in protest of Fabric’s closure. He suggested other DJs join suit:
“I’m wondering whether or not the likes of me, the likes of Jazzie B, Norman Jay, Pete Tong for that matter, should just trade our MBEs in, melt them down and put them in a pencil-pushers coffee, so it can taste a little bit sweeter for him today, so he feels more successful in killing counter culture and culture itself.”
The Walsall-born DJ was awarded his MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in February by Charles, Prince of Wales. He’s now ready to ditch that honor in favor of keeping London’s culture vibrant
He said: “This country was built on culture and the moment you decide to close a club like Fabric you look stupid. You look like a guy in the 1980s carrying a mobile phone with a battery and a long wire wearing really high wasted jeans looking like a complete dick in the high street thinking you’ve got something no one else has.”
Fabric was ordered to close after Islington Council denied the legendary club license renewal following drug-related investigations last month. DJs and musicians like Hudson Mohawke, Jackmaster and Katy B. are just as incensed as Goldie over the decision and they, among many others, expressed their sadness and anger all over social media after the decision was made last night.
“Closing fabric is not the answer to the drug-related problems clubs like ours are working to prevent, and sets a troubling precedent for the future of London’s night time economy,” the club staff said in an official statement. “This is an especially sad day for those who have supported us, particularly the 250 staff who will now lose their jobs.”
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