It's the appeal verdict heard 'round the underground world. Fabric nightclub in London will reopen as soon as possible, though the staff's first official celebratory statement shows there's still a bit of fight left in 'em.
Firstly, the club addressed how the positive settlement was reached. It seems much of the appeal's success hinged on the club's revised and amended 150-page operations manual. According to licensing barrister Philip Kolvin QC's statements, the manual spells out in explicit detail the processes necessary to upholding the club's security and anti-drug policy, which includes a new CCTV monitor position and mandatory staff-wide drug awareness training. Fabric is also now officially accredited by the ISO 9001:2015 international standard for quality management.
An outpour of international support was also handy. Fabric staff thanked those who gave their support in a myriad of ways:
"We'd like to express our deepest gratitude to the thousands of people who each played such a crucial role in getting us here.
Firstly there's our family, from the 872 of you who wrote with great passion and persuasion to make representations in the Review Hearing, to the 160,000 who signed a petition of support, then there's the 7,000 of you who showed us so much generosity in funding the complex Appeal process.
You all made this outcome possible, so on behalf of everyone at fabric, thank you."
To date, 7,166 people chipped in to fund the appeal. Court costs totaled at £4,883.00 with a total pledged of £320,215.00. Fabric plans to use some of the surplus funds to commission an art project commemorating the support community, and those who donated will receive an email for their input. The great sum left over has been promised to "worthy causes within the industry, including Philip Kolvin QC's pursuance of licencing reform which is he currently championing." Fabric's organizers also intend to help protect other licensed properties from expensive and stressful legal proceedings.
Check the full statement at fabriclondon.com.