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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

TONIGHT : SOCIETY – ROBERT OWENS 5 HOUR SET!

Posted in Acid house, Chicago House, Club Night, House, Society with tags , , on August 30, 2012 by Knockturnal

SOCIETY returns tonight to Dalston Superstore for an Olympic Comedown Special. In keeping with the Olympic spirit that’s gripped London over the past month we have a couple of events of our own.

On the podium we have gold medalist ROBERT OWENS playing a MARATHON 5 HOUR SET in the intimate Superstore Basement. While upstairs Josh Caffe, Frank Mitchell and our own Society DJ’s will be passing the baton in the DJ relay.

So come join us for the Games – Entry is free as always, the ceremony starts at 9:30pm.

On your marks, get set… JACK!

THURSDAY 30TH
AUGUST 2012 | 9:00PM – 2:30AM
DALSTON SUPERSTORE | 117 KINGSLAND ROAD, LONDON, E8 2BP

FREE ENTRY ARRIVE EARLY!

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Only 4 weeks until Farr Festival!

Posted in Acid house, Deep House, Festival, House, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2012 by Knockturnal

The count down has officially begun! There’s just over 4 weeks to go until SOCIETY joins forces with The Ransom Note to host a stage at this years Farr Festival.

Taking place 27th & 28th July in Newnham, Hertfordshire in a deserted wood, this boutique festival has only been running two years but has already gained critical acclaim from party organisers and world class DJ’s alike.

The music, spread across two days and four stages, is hosted by club nights; Just Jack, Sancho Panza, Flux & ourselves. With DJ’s such as Eats Everything, Miguel Campbell, Bicep, Craig Richards, JD Twitch (Optimo), Huxley, Hannah Holland, Waifs and Strays, Terry Farley, Trevor Fung, George Fitzgerald, Alix Perez and many more providing the soundtrack to this years festival!

Tickets have been flying out the door and are now priced at £45 for two full days of music. A fair price indeed, however we still have a few £35 tickets left for the readers of We Are Not A Rock Band so BUY NOW to avoid disappointment!

Knockturnal

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FREE PARTY TONIGHT : ROBERT OWENS & ANDY BLAKE

Posted in Acid house, Chicago House, Society with tags , , , , , , , on May 31, 2012 by Knockturnal


Our monthly adventures in underground electronic sound, set to bring a taste of 1980’s Chicago to Dalston continue tonight. In association with house music pioneer Robert Owens, the next chapter sees the inimitable silky voiced legend spinning sounds alongside forward thinking London label boss, producer and DJ extraordinaire Andy Blake.

Support across two floors comes from Jamie Blanco, Frank Mitchell (This is Our House)Josh Caffe (Batty Bass) and SOCIETY residents. Fun starts at 9pm, entry is free as always!

THURSDAY 31ST
MAY 2012 | 9:00PM – 2:30AM
DALSTON SUPERSTORE | 117 KINGSLAND ROAD, LONDON, E8 2BP

FREE ENTRY ARRIVE EARLY!

FULL INFOClick here

Knockturnal

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TONIGHT : SOCIETY @ DALSTON SUPERSTORE

Posted in Acid house, Chicago House, Society with tags , , , , on March 29, 2012 by Knockturnal

Our monthly party with house music legend Robert Owens continues tonight @ Dalston Superstore. Joining Robert this month are Rhythm Talk residents Fools & Rushmore + Society DJ’s.

Entry is free as always!

THURSDAY 29TH
MARCH 2012 | 9:00PM – 2:30AM
DALSTON SUPERSTORE | 117 KINGSLAND ROAD, LONDON, E8 2BP

FREE ENTRY ARRIVE EARLY!

FULL INFOClick here

Knockturnal

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Society Goes Outside!

Posted in Acid house, Chicago House, Festival, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , , , , on March 21, 2012 by Knockturnal

ImageSo far we’ve held our Society parties in an old scrap metal works, a car park, basements and warehouses but never outside! This summer will see us change that when we join forces with our friends at The Ran$om Note to host a stage at this years Farr Festival!

FARR FESTIVAL runs from 27th-28th July 2012. With our stage running from 3pm on Saturday to 6am Sunday.

A bespoke 2000 capacity festival held in a deserted forest just outside London FARR has only been running for just two short years, but in that time has already become one of the “ssh, have you been to this festival?” festivals. R$N had the pleasure of playing there last year and it was quite the special evening.

Get ready for 15 hours of old and new house sounds from the likes of:

HANNAH HOLLAND (Paris Acid Ball)
TERRY FARLEY (Boys Own)
TREVOR FUNG (Balearic Sunset Set)
DAN BEAUMONT (Dalston Superstore)
SOCIETY DJs
+ many, many more to be announced soon!

Other stages this year include:

JUST JACK:
Eats Everything
Miguel Campbell
Jozif
Huxley
George Fitzgerald

SANCHO PANZA – massive line-up announcement coming soon!

This not going be one to be missed, all early birds have now sold out but FARR have given R$N a very limited number of specially priced £35 tickets exclusively for R$N/SOCIETY lovers which you can get right here.

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SOCIETY : FREE PARTY TOMORROW WITH ROBERT OWENS & ROCKY (X-PRESS 2)

Posted in 80's, Acid house, Chicago House, Italo Disco with tags , , , , , on February 22, 2012 by Knockturnal

After the huge success of the fourth SOCIETY warehouse party with DJ Pierre, we return to our basement with another Chi-town legend, Robert Owens, for another night of true House sounds – mostly old, some new; all incredible.

ROBERT OWENS is a man that needs no introduction, and the DSS basement is where Mr Owens comes into his own. It’s rare that Robert gets the chance to play in such intimate surroundings and it allows him to dig deep and play the stuff that really gets him jackin’ – and our parties often end up with the golden-voiced maestro singing to our lovely crowd. To say it’s special is an understatement.

ROCKY started DJing in the mid 80s, before being caught up in the whole acid house thing and getting carried along with the wave, landing a residency at London’s Yellow Book in 89 and getting matey with the Boys Own crew, making regular appearances at their events. Remixes for the likes of the Farm followed before Rocky, Diesel and Ashley Beedle formed X-Press 2 and released the seminal ‘Muzik Express’. The team went on to land a 6 month residency at Cream in the nineties and score some massive singles including ‘Lazy’ with David Byrne that went to number 2 in the charts. Rocky came down to one of our nights at DSS and loved it – he asked about playing and…well…that’s a no-brainer – we’re honoured to say the least.

The SOCIETY residents CLASS OF 808 DJs will be bringing the heat as always, as will JOSH CAFFE, ALEX WALE, and guests, playing sounds from Detroit, Chicago, the UK and beyond + Don’t miss WANARB’S own HAZMAT playing an exclusive Italo set!

Our previous events have seen the Dalston basement transformed into east London’s take on Ron Hardy’s Muzic Box, with an untouchable atmosphere and party people jackin’ to the sounds of 80’s Chicago house ‘til the small hours. Nowhere else can you dance in a cosy basement club with Robert Owens singing and dancing along with you.

THURSDAY 23RD
FEBRUARY 2012 | 9:00PM – 2:30AM
DALSTON SUPERSTORE | 117 KINGSLAND ROAD, LONDON, E8 2BP

FREE ENTRY ARRIVE EARLY!

FULL INFOClick here

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