News of Fabric’s permanent closure sent shockwaves through the dance community on Wednesday. Photographer Chloe Newman headed to Kent’s The Social festival – featuring performances from Goldie, Andrew Weatherall, Bicep and many more – to capture the mood among festival-goers, in a week of frustration and uncertainty about the future of UK dance. 

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“My first night out was at Fabric. I’m gutted about the closure as it’s taken that memory away. Fabric was a mecca for house.” – Sam
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“Music is an essential part of modern society. We need to embrace places like Fabric, not close them.” – Jamie
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“Fucking gutted.” – Adrian
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“It’s bullshit. By shutting down Fabric, they’re shutting down the culture. It’s just wrong.” – Jan
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“The closure of Fabric is wrong as there are other clubs with drugs elsewhere. Fabric has just been singled out.” – Ricky
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“It’s a tragedy for the clubbing scene. Fabric will be sorely missed but never forgotten.” – Dave
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“The closure has ruined the clubbing scene, for London especially.” – Josh
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“The situation is just absolutely heartbreaking.” – Emmett
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“It’s an absolute disgrace. Bureaucracy at its finest.” – Jay
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“Fabric is just being made an example of. It’s not right.” – Emma
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“It’s ludicrous that Fabric has close. Where will people go?” – Max
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“Fabric closing is sad, upsetting and offensive to [British] music culture.” – Matt
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“It’s a disgusting outcome.” – Steve

Read next: Seven things you can do to protest Fabric’s closure

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