Goldie threatens to melt down his MBE in protest of Fabric’s closure


“[Fabric] was a religion for all of us.” In an interview with Channel 4 News, rave innovator Goldie said he would melt down his MBE in protest of Fabric’s closure. He suggested other DJs join suit:“I’m wondering whether or not the likes of me, the likes of Jazzie B, Norman Jay, Pete Tong for that matter, should just trade our MBEs in, melt them down and put them in a pencil-pushers coffee, so it can taste a little bit sweeter for him today, so he feels more successful in killing counter culture and culture itself.”

The Walsall-born DJ was awarded his MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in February by Charles, Prince of Wales. He’s now ready to ditch that honor in favor of keeping London’s culture vibrant. He said: “This country was built on culture and the moment you decide to close a club like Fabric you look stupid. You look like a guy in the 1980s carrying a mobile phone with a battery and a long wire wearing really high wasted jeans looking like a complete dick in the high street thinking you’ve got something no one else has.”Fabric was ordered to close after Islington Council denied the legendary club license renewal following drug-related investigations last month. DJs and musicians like Hudson Mohawke, Jackmaster and Katy B. are just as incensed as Goldie over the decision and they, among many others, expressed their sadness and anger all over social media after the decision was made last night. “Closing fabric is not the answer to the drug-related problems clubs like ours are working to prevent, and sets a troubling precedent for the future of London’s night time economy,” the club staff said in an official statement. “This is an especially sad day for those who have supported us, particularly the 250 staff who will now lose their jobs.”Read next: Fabric: Seven things you can do today to protest the club’s closure

Sadiq Khan on Fabric closure and threat to London nightlife: “This decline must stop”

BY SCOTT WILSON, SEP 7 2016

“As a result of this decision, thousands of people who enjoyed ‎going to Fabric as an essential part of London’s nightlife will lose out. London mayor Sadiq Khan has issued a statement on yesterday’s Islington Council decision to revoke the license of Fabric.“London’s iconic clubs are an essential part of our cultural landscape,” the statement reads. “Clubbing needs to be safe but I’m disappointed that Fabric, Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police were unable to reach agreement on how to address concerns about public safety.”“As a result of this decision, thousands of people who enjoyed ‎going to Fabric as an essential part of London’s nightlife will lose out.“The issues faced by Fabric point to a wider problem of how we protect London’s night-time economy, while ensuring it is safe and enjoyable for everyone.”Khan’s statement also pointed out that London has lost 50% of its nightclubs in the past eight years, saying: “This decline must stop if London is to retain its status as a 24-hour city with a world-class nightlife.”The mayor – who is currently in the process of appointing a “night czar” to tackle London’s nighttime economy crisis – added: “No single organisation or public body can solve these problems alone.”The decision to shut Fabric was taken after two recent drug-related deaths at the venue and a police investigation that labelled it “a save haven for drugs.” Fabric denied the allegations, saying: “Any suggestion that we are not 100% committed to tackling drugs on the premises is completely false.”Khan has been accused of not standing by his pre-election promise to tackle club closures in London, but he stated last month that his hands were tied in the Fabric case, saying: “City Hall does not have the power to intervene in licensing cases like the current situation with Fabric.”Khan also received criticism on social media for accepting a trophy for politician of the year at last night’s GQ Awards while the licensing review was taking place, with Jackmaster calling the situation “a joke.”HE'S NOT BEEN OUT THE PRESS SINCE HE BECAME MAYOR. 1000 PRESS RELEASES, ZERO ACTION. SHIT LAWYER TURNED SHIT MP TURNED SHIT MAYOR— E.M.M.A. (@OIIIEMMA) SEPTEMBER 7, 2016Fabric issued its own statement on the decision earlier today, saying: “Closing fabric is not the answer to the drug-related problems clubs like ours are working to prevent.”“This is an especially sad day for those who have supported us, particularly the 250 staff who will now lose their jobs.”TAGS: FABRICSADIQ KHAN

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