Ok, here goes.
Hello. My name is Tim and I'm an AV Technician for a themed cinema company, a freelance Sound Designer and I DJ and produce electronic music in my spare time. Like many other people around the world music is, and always will be, my number one passion.
By now, many of you will have heard or read about the decision that Islington Council have made to revoke the license of globally renowned London nightclub, fabric - a club which has been running since 1999, enriching London's nightlife and culture, as well as providing a platform for thousands of underground artists to showcase themselves in front of crowds of dedicated clubbers.
A few weeks back I made the decision to organise a 24 hour, non-stop dance outside the doors of fabric, in order to raise money to contribute towards fabric's legal fees, which the club needs to raise in order to appeal the revocation of their licence. www.gofundme.com/fabricfootwork
I will be attempting to dance, non-stop, between 12pm (GMT) Friday 7th October, through to 12pm (GMT) Saturday 8th October, with toilet breaks being the only exemption.
IMPORTANT: Whilst anyone and everyone is welcome to join in, dance and suppport, fabric have insisted that this cannot become a street party or turn into any kind of mini-rave. With The Metrpolitan Police force looking for any reason to clamp down further still, on a culture that has shaped tens of thousands, what we're trying to avoid is any reason to attract unwanted attention*, so please respect this or you will be asked to leave.
I'm hoping lots of you can come down and support me at the doors of fabric (especially during the last stretch). I'm confident we can gain the support of local workforce and businesses during certain times on the Friday but please, if any of you can come along to give me some moral support and come and help me strut, chop, shuffle, shake, wobble and fist-pump my way to the finish line I would really appreciate it. You can also help by sharing this web page, the Facebook event or by donating to stand up for fabric and entire culture.
At the heart of this is a passion for our underground electronic community, which encapsulates everything from the friends we've met and the memories we hold, to the music and venues we know, love and repsect today. The closure of this club and many others over the past couple of decades, including The Fridge and Turnmills, to name but a few, represents more than just another night club closing down. Each door slammed shut is another nail in the coffin for London nightlife and UK club culture.
Don't stand for it! #danceforit
Despite my particular reasons for doing this being deeply personal, I can't help but feel that thousands will share in my emotions and experiences.
For many, clubbing is an escape from the mundane, drab 9-5's we live. Escapism. Breaking free. Expression. It has evolved into a sub-culture which people are proud to be a part of. A new-age heritage. A community. Take away community and what are we left with? Disconnection. For me, the very reason I started clubbing was to escape. I felt little to no connection with anything or anyone in the world around me at that time and yet, through clubbing, I found solace and acceptance. I made friends, loved, listened, danced, laughed, cried, probably fell over a few times, knocked a few pints over along the way and grew into the more assured version of who I am today, thanks to the people I met along the way. None of this might ever have happened had I not found my escape through clubbing. I know what it feels like and what it means to step away from the worries of the world for just a few short hours, to share those crazy and magical moments with friends and strangers alike. Friendships and relationships have been forged across dance floors the world over and will continue to flourish whether or not a club's doors are permanently closed. It's imortant to remember the cultural aspect that nighttime economy brings. Nightclubs provide a space for people to express themselves and sometimes people choose to express themselves in inadvisable ways. Shutting any venue to stop such human’s behaviour is not only ineffective, immoral and wrong, but it doesn nothing to address the real issues at hand and will likely have negative repercussions for local culture.
Remember, they're not just closing the doors of a club. They're stamping out the freedom to express ourselves and wiping out the things we love. We're not only fighting to save fabric. We're fighting for London's nightlife. We're fighting to save our culture.
Don't stand for it. #danceforit!
*No rigs or sound-systems.
*No illegal activity.
Please remember this is a peaceful protest.
Wish me luck,
Thanks for your help.
P. L. U. R.
- Stacey Audley
- Rodney Cornelius
- Susannah Green
- Kris Finnegan
- With Pleasure