fabric’s safe for now, but is London’s night culture?

On Mon 21st Nov Islington Council came to an agreement to reopen Fabric nightclub. The decision comes at a crucial time for London. Since 2008 the city has lost 50% of its nightclubs. Our capital’s nightlife is dying.

“It’s fantastic news that Fabric has its license back, but there’s an awful lot more work to be done to support London’s nighttime culture and the people who contribute to it”. – Matt Gooden (Who Not Why)

In a momentous week, BIGGER THAN FABRIC explores the demise of club culture beyond a single club and asks ‘is it too late for London?’ With insights from Irvine Welsh, Bill Brewster, Kate Simko, Sacha Lord-Marchionne and a host of experts from harm reduction to club promotion, BIGGER THAN FABRIC uncovers the truth about this once vibrant culture, where it’s heading and what that means for the world’s greatest city. Director Wayne Holloway said “Fascinating to explore what’s really going on in London, as well as meeting some of the people trying to keep their culture alive in a city that’s changing beyond all recognition”.

Created by Matt Gooden, Sean Thompson and Ben Walker of Who Wot Why, directed by Wayne Holloway, edited by Spenser Ferszt at Marshall Street Editors, post-produced by Absolute, and sound designed by Wave. The film was produced by Nathalie Wainwright whose brother tragically lost his life to an ecstasy overdose in 1997. “Clubland contributes hugely to the culture and economy of London.” She said, “It’s important that we look at what’s causing its demise, to find a way to protect its heritage and to see it thrive as part of London’s cultural landscape.”

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Before Decoded started, UK Editor, Simon Huxtable ran a successful podcast for new and established artists covering many forms of electronic music. No slouch on the decks himself, he has DJed at some of the countries best venues and has an ever-growing portfolio of releases under his current production moniker - Real Gone Kid.

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