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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.







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):



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

Festival Review – Secret Garden Party 2010

Posted in bands, Electronica, Festival, Gig review, New bands, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2010 by hackneyphile

I’ve just got enough of my brain back to tap this out. The remains are resting in a field, in Cambridgeshire, with the dried out leftovers of the Secret Garden Party… it may not have been much of a secret, but it was a great party! With intimate stages full of excellent music, I just have to have a little shout about the things I saw and heard last weekend.

I was surprised to find such good music where worthy headliners are deemed to be Marina and the Diamonds (eh!?). It turned out as one of the best festivals I’ve had the pleasure of dancing my arse off at. Here’s a sprinkling of what made that happen…

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Johnny Flynn at Barfly

Posted in bands, Gig review, Gigs, New Music, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , , , , on March 8, 2010 by hackneyphile

The HMV “Next Big Thing Festival” ran for a week in February at various Venues across the Capital.  I went to see Johnny Flynn (without The Sussex Wit, his 4 piece band) at the Barfly, Camden.

On recordings, Johnny Flynn’s voice sounds mature beyond his (actually very young) age. His lyrics are insightful and poetic and I had expected someone much older. Possibly with a beard. But blonde, blue eyed and terribly cute, it’s refreshing to know that the folk genre is still evolving through a new generation.

His album “A Larum” features The Sussex Wit; mandolin, banjo, backing harmonies and padding drums which create a country-folk beards and checked shirt* sound. This stripped down solo performance could steer him into the singer-songwriter genre, but it would be a shame to box him there as he deserves more than that.

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12 Days (leading to) Christmas…

Posted in bands, Random, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2009 by keifallen

Ok, ok, originally I was going to call this the ’12 days of Christmas’, but Knockturnal has just text me saying “the 12 days are the days after Christmas“, so factually this isn’t the ’12 days of Christmas’.  It seems my Primary School and their use of the song,  and items in the song, were incorrect. I cannot believe it has taken over 20 years for someone to point this out to me. It’s rather tragic, and has ruined some of my Christmas spirit, but not to worry, I’ve got tons of Christmas cheer left, and as such, I thought we at WANARB could give you our very own, AK47 style, 12 days of Christmas, with the 12 days leading up to Christmas….

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Museum of Bella Artes

Posted in We are not a rock band with tags , , on November 20, 2009 by keifallen

I think next year (apart from heading halfway around the world for a wedding in Australia), number one on my “I want to go to there” list will be Stockholm.

Sweden just seems to be producing some phenomenal music of late, and there must be a massive amount of amazing music going on over there that I’m never going to hear unless I’m actually there. I want to go to there, find it, enjoy it, and have the time of my life. I’m sure some of Team WANARB will accompany me, then we can bring you WANARB does Stockholm and report back our tremendous findings.

Anyway – I digress, because really this post is all about my latest discovery which comes in the form of  The Museum of Bella Artes – who only have 206 friends on MySpace! This is a crying shame. (Well, 207 now WANARB are their friends.)

Their only track so far (because one of the band doesn’t like any of their other songs!) is “Who Do You Love” which I do in fact love.

Museum of Bella Artes – Who Do You Love




An Unstoppable Force

Posted in remix/cover, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by keifallen

Unstoppable Juggernaut

Midnight Juggernauts are back! I could have made some kind of play on words with their name and how they’re steaming ahead with a new album, track or something, but my brain does not compute after spending too much time crunching numbers rather than using it to make words clever and interesting. Humph.

Anyway, the Aussies have returned with a great new track ‘This New Technology’, which should hopefully lead to some fat remixes in the near future which we’ll most certainly be posting here on WANARB.

Midnight Juggernauts – This New Technology

If you don’t remember Midnight Juggernauts name, (which is silly, as it’s a pretty awesome name) you might remember their big track from 2008, ‘Shadows’ which had some interesting remixes, namely from Knightlife and M83 which take the track to polar opposites. Tremendous.

Midnight Juggernauts – Shadows

Midnight JuggernautsShadows (Knightlife Remix)

Midnight JuggernautsShadows (M83 Remix)




Fanfarlo – The Walls are coming down

Posted in bands, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , , , on September 19, 2009 by keifallen


This little slice of wonderful dropped quietly into our inbox a few days ago, there were no trumpets, no drum roll, no banjo, xylophone or anything, there were certainly no hauntingly soft inviting vocals announcing its arrival. All of this would have been asking far too much from what is essentially a collection of zero’s and one’s, or so you’d think. If you did think that you would be wrong, because the same zero’s and one’s, arranged in a different order, have given me the joy that is Fanfarlo – “The Walls are Coming Down” which, if my ears haven’t failed me, includes all of the above arranged perfectly into a beautiful pop song reminiscent of Goldrush or the Arcade Fire. I bet they’d get on really well with Okkervil River and Broadcast 2000 as well.

So, without further ado, download the track, listen to it, love it and then go out and buy Fanfarlo’s debut ‘Reservoir’ which is out on the 28th of September, then you might like to purchase a ticket for their tour of the UK

FanfarloThe Walls are Coming Down

Click below for track-list and a little treat!

tour dates and a treat below

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