Not if you were the last club on earth: Fabric, London
Fabric in London is without doubt the preeminent British club. It recently celebrated its 9th birthday with Luciano keeping the party going til 5pm on Sunday. Nice.
Opened at the height of the ‘superclub’ era in the UK, Fabric has outlasted rivals such as Home, and unfortunately, The End, while resolutely sticking to its underground booking policy.
Fabric features world class sound with impeccable Martin Audio systems over its 3 rooms, a sound Andrew Weatherall described as ‘velvet sledgehammer’ on his Fabric 19 mix CD.
Room 1 is where the action is really at in Fabric. Featuring a slightly strange DJ box, situated at the back of the room, which surrounds the front and side of the DJ at a height of about 7 foot. On the opposite side of the room there is an open stage were all the live acts perform, but this stage is open to punters when not in use, or when the live acts finish and is a great place to get a space to dance and a view of the whole club. Room 2 is smaller, even darker and usually features tougher tracks than room 1 with a seriously hypnotic laser which certainly has been reached for.
This room also has a stage with a DJ box high up on the right and a couple of raised alcoves on the left hand side of the room for dancing. Room 3 is cool and quite small but also features great sound, deeper tunes and a much more intimate vibe.
Fabric deserves its reputation as one of the best clubs in the world with its diverse underground music policy, proper sound and late opening. To truly appreciate it may take a few visits with the layout taking a while to get used to in the darkness but it is worth it. The club is regularly jammed so it pays to buy tickets in advance online to avoid the always painful London queues. The opening of Fabrics new and more commercial club, Matter will hopefully distract some of the tourists/shirts/chavs and leave Fabric to the real music fans and ravers.
Talent: Fabric has received much criticism in recent times (see comments section on RA about the recent Villalobos gig) about the type of crowd it attracts/lets in, with everyone from the djs, to the ravers, to the females, complaining about the gender imbalance and the sleazy ‘shirty’ element. Unlike Berlin, or some other clubs in London, Fabric does not have a ‘selective’ door policy which means that if you turn up you, will get in, unless you are in a bit of a state. This is not to say than many, if not most of, the Fabric crowd are there for the music but the clubs popularity and reputation as a place to party hard has certainly attracted some undesirables elements.
Sounds: Fridays at Fabric are ‘FabricLive’, with the original drum and bass and breaks music policy being slowly adjusted to reflect more recent musical trends such as dubstep and all sorts of electro variations. Saturdays is just ‘Fabric’ featuring the crème de la crème of modern underground house and techno music every week. The Fabric booking policy is pretty impeccable with almost every worthy electronic music artist having played there once, if not numerous times.
Toilets: Fabric’s toilets are impressive, with an intelligent unisex design they usually handle the crowds but sometimes the entrance can be a bit of a bottleneck.
Goodies: If you were looking you could prob score some stuff but there is also a fair chance you will be getting poor quality as there are certainly no shortage of local wideboys in the clubs of London.
Ice breaker: Fabric is the best club in the world.
Jawbreaker: steppin on my trainers, bruv.