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An Open Letter To Islington Borough Council

Posted in News, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2016 by Montagano

fabric-club2Hello everybody. Been a long time, right? 3 years and 6 months since my last post, to be exact.  I wish I was posting about some epic tunes, or groundbreaking new acts – but sadly I’m not. The decision made by Islington Borough Council to revoke Fabric’s licence is the driving factor for bringing this blog back to life one more time.

Together with my mate Rae, we wrote an open letter to Islington Borough Council. We figured that, instead of wasting our energy bemoaning the decision on Facebook, it’s better to try doing something constructive about it.

We were inspired by Factmag, who published a post about seven things you can do to protest the club’s closure. It’s worth having a read.

Earlier today, we printed the below letter and sent to a bunch of MPs, Islington Borough Council, and Sadiq Kahn – and now we’ll spam the shit out of everyone on social platforms (apologies in advance). Please help by sharing it – or even better, writing your own.

We don’t hold out much hope, but at least we can say we tried.

#savefabric

Montagano

 

 

 

 

Dear Islington Council,

We write to you following the news of your decision to revoke Fabric’s licence.

The writers of this letter represent a large community of people from around the world who are extremely upset to learn about this closure. This letter serves as only a tiny fraction of the support that the public are currently showing for this club.  

Like you, we’re professionals in our respective fields. We’re not kids, we’re not part of the music industry; we don’t even go to Fabric as much as we used to. But we’re asking you to reconsider your position on the closure of this venue. At the very least, please hear us out, and be pragmatic and objective in your approach to reading this letter…

Feelings of anger and frustration are resonating throughout the global music community right now, with questions around the true reason behind the shutdown of Fabric now being surfaced on mainstream media outlets.

This is because closing Fabric isn’t like closing any other club in your local borough. For the past 17 years, Fabric has played a role in shaping the world’s music scene. The genres it promoted are now a global phenomenon thanks to the legacy that this club helped to build.

For British dance music, there has been no other venue as influential as Fabric in the past two decades. Countless producers, musicians and DJs forged their careers there. There is no other place as important for young, aspiring British artists.

The UK has a unique musical landscape. No one does it quite like us; from drum and bass to garage, grime to dubstep – music is one of our key exports. But the scene that we should fight to preserve is being choked by the police and councils in London. The exodus of artists, musicians and normal working folk to more liberal cities like Berlin is already underway and, sadly, London is no longer the vibrant, diverse and loud city it used to be.

And so, just like Bagleys, Turnmills, Cable and many more – Fabric was next in line for the guillotine. But what has this closure achieved? Drugs are still dangerous and unregulated. People are still at risk of overdosing. This decision doesn’t solve the actual problem; it ignores it.

It’s important to make a clear distinction here – drugs were responsible for the tragic events this summer, not Fabric. But for whatever reason, you chose to blame Fabric instead.  We’re not going to postulate on the actual reason behind that – but we will say one thing:

You missed a big opportunity to do good for the community by taking this decision. You could have been brave and attempted to tackle the underlying issue of drug overdoses amongst young men and women. Instead, you made Fabric a scapegoat – and presumably, you’ll now turn your backs on the problem altogether.

If you really want to help this community, some difficult, progressive and ground-breaking decisions need to be made.

Drugs need regulating.

It will be a very challenging task – but it’s essential. People need to know what they’re consuming; they need to know it’s safe. Tester kits with potency warnings should be readily available. Medics should be on-hand to deal with emergencies. Flyers and posters should remind people of the risks of drug usage and carry warnings about specific batches of high-risk products available at the time.

Taking music away from people isn’t the right solution. You must be more forward-thinking in your approach. The Portuguese government is a prime example of a government who understands the need to be forward-thinking in today’s society. By legalising and therefore regulating drug usage, they stopped treating drug users like criminals.

Here’s a relevant statistic for you to review – the decline of drug-related deaths since 2001 (when Portugal reformed its drug laws):

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Music is embedded in British culture. Don’t take that away from us. Help us enjoy music safely and responsibly; implement initiatives that drive awareness of the risks posed by drug consumption. You’ll never be able to stop people from taking drugs, no matter how many clubs you close – so instead, why don’t we work together to build the blueprint for future generations to enjoy themselves without risking their lives.

The implications of your actions go way beyond just closing a club. The lights are going out on nightclubs all over the capital but you can still do what’s right for the people of London.

Reconsider your decision. #savefabric

Win tickets to Fake Blood at Fabric

Posted in Club Night, Competition, electro with tags , , , , , , on September 18, 2012 by rachaelwilliams

Fake Blood at Fabric

This Friday sees the launch party for electro producer Fake Blood‘s brand new EP Yes/No at one of London’s last remaining superclubs, the world-famous Fabric. And here at We Are Not A Rockband we’ve got two pairs tickets for you and and a friend to give away!

All you have to do is email the answer the following question to admin@wearenotarockband.com with the subject “I want tickets to see Fake Blood!” by Thursday 20th September 2012 11:30am to be in with a chance! (Only the winning entrants will be contacted)

What is Fake Blood’s new EP called?

a. Good/Bad

b. Yes/No

c. Hi/Bye

To get a taste of the new EP check out this teaser below…

For those unable to attend, Fabric will be streaming Room 1 live on the night! So even if you don’t win and you’re stuck indoors you can still party and bedroom rave!

Rachael Williams

Win free entry to see Bicep at Fabric

Posted in Club Night, Competition, Deep House with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2012 by rachaelwilliams

Bicep play Fabric

This Saturday sleazy house producers and noted music bloggers, Bicep, takes over Room 3 of Fabric nightclub and we’ve got free entry for you and a friend to see them and their guest Terrence Parker. All you have to do is email us at admin@wearenotarockband.com with the email subject “I’ll Flex My Bicep At Fabric This Saturday!” and the first entry will get their name put on the guestlist! [Entries must be received by Thursday 5th July 2012 2pm to qualify. Only the lucky winner will be contacted.]

Check out Bicep’s literally brand new Muscle Worx mix for Fader Magazine…

Also playing will be:

Room 1:
-Craig Richards
-Petre Inspirescu (Pedro)
-Cobblestone Jazz LIVE

Room 2: Leftroom
-Jay Haze
-Matt Tolfrey
-Droog

With each room looking mighty appetising this is a sure-fire win for your weekend. But finally, no word on Bicep is complete without mention of their HOT track on new label Lover Fever, $tripper…

For tickets to see Bicep, Droog, Craig Richards and more, visit the Fabric website.

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When WANARB Met: Laura Jones

Posted in Club Night, Deep House, Interviews, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2012 by rachaelwilliams

Laura Jones chats to WANARB

Pint-sized Leeds native Laura Jones has been going from strength to strength over the last 10 months, culminating in the upcoming release of her Leftroom Presents… Laura Jones compilation featuring the likes of Kate Simko, Guy Gerber, dOP and My Favourite Robot. As she prepares to join Matt Tolfrey and Sam Russo in Chelmsford this weekend for Gist’s Leftroom Special, we caught up with the lovely lady in question to quiz her on cocktails, creativity and clubbing…

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When WANARB Met: KRL

Posted in House, Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2012 by rachaelwilliams

KRL chats to WANARB

We’ve been big fans of KRL for a while now, from first hearing his fantastic remix of J Phlip’s Fever, to his unbelievably amazing mixtape for Corsica Studios night Tief (also another WANARB favourite). His remix of Autodeep – Gonna Make you Mine was stuck in our head for months upon end. We’ve finally managed to pin down the elusive and enigmatic man down for a chat and what better time for it, as Tief takes over Room 2 at Fabric for the bank holiday edition of regular Sunday night WetYourSelf

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When WANARB Met: Lula Circus

Posted in Club Night, House, Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2011 by rachaelwilliams

Lula Circus Play FabricTomorrow night sees Italian duo Lula Circus play the UK for the first time in Room 3 of London super-club Fabric, with Dyed Soundorom heading up Room 1 and dOP playing live, brightening up what would otherwise be a pretty dreary late November night. You probably think you don’t know who Lula Circus is but if you’ve been downloading any house mixtapes this Summer/Autumn or being going out clubbing…. at all, then chances are you’ve heard them. More likely than not you’ve danced your disco socks off to Pezzner’s remix of Pumpin’ Groovin’ Movin’ (it’s alllllllll about that beautiful build up) and proper loved it. If you’re a fan of LA-based record label Culprit, and you read our recent review of their fantastic compilation Above The City, then you’re probably aware of who Lula Circus are. Basically, you already like them, you just didn’t know, which means you should *definitely* go and buy a ticket to see them play tomorrow.

We caught up with them to see how excited they were about their UK debut…

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Dirtybird At Fabric: Claude Von Stroke + Justin Martin + Eats Everything

Posted in Bass, Club Night, House with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2011 by rachaelwilliams

Dirtybird Claude Von StrokeWhatever your plans are for Saturday night you need to cancel them because they are paltry in comparison to what’s going down at Fabric. Claude Von Stroke has bagged himself Room 1 and has roped in Justin Martin and Bristol-boy Eats Everything to bring you a night of jaw-dropping basslines. Let’s be fair, there’s never a time you wouldn’t want to see Claude Von Stroke, and after hearing Justin Martin and Ardalan’s absolute stomper ‘Lezgo’ doing the rounds recently (watch the insane video); it’s difficult to think of a reason why you shouldn’t be dancing your arse off in Farringdon ’til silly-o-clock. And then we have the latest addition to the Dirtybird crew, Dan Pearce, aka Eats Everything, who I have never seen play a bad set. If you genuinely need more convincing then check out his Fabricmix and then get your ticket for the night and click ‘attending’ on the Facebook event.

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