Fabric (club)

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Location Farringdon, London, UK
Coordinates 51°31′10.05″N 0°6′10.36″W / 51.5194583°N 0.1028778°W / 51.5194583; -0.1028778Coordinates: 51°31′10.05″N 0°6′10.36″W / 51.5194583°N 0.1028778°W / 51.5194583; -0.1028778
Owner fabric Life Limited
Type Nightclub
Capacity 2,500[1]
Opened 1999

Fabric is a nightclub in London, United Kingdom. It was voted World Number 1 Club in DJ Magazine's "Top 100 Clubs Poll" in 2007 and 2008 [2] and ranked World Number 2 in 2009, 2010 and 2011.[3][4] It is located on Charterhouse Street opposite Smithfield meat market on the southern boundary of the London Borough of Islington.


The club was founded by Keith Reilly[5] and Cameron Leslie and opened on 29 October 1999.[6]

Fabric occupies the renovated space of the Metropolitan Cold Stores. Smithfield Meat Market stands and operates from a site directly opposite. The area's construction took place in Victorian times alongside nearby landmarks Holborn Viaduct and Fleet Valley Bridge.


Fabric has three separate rooms with independent sound systems; two of the rooms feature stages for live acts. A feature of the club is its vibrating floor in Room One: known as a "bodysonic" dancefloor, sections of the floor are attached to 400 bass transducers emitting bass frequencies of the music being played.

In 2010, Fabric briefly went into administration after its sister club Matter, with whom it had a cross-guaranteed loan, announced it would close for the summer due to financial difficulties suffered as a consequence of continued delays with TfL upgrade of the Jubilee Line.[7] Fabric was put on the market on 1 June 2010.[8] On 24 June it was announced Fabric was no longer in administration and had been bought by Fabric Life Limited, "a consortium who fully back [Fabric] founders Keith Reilly and Cameron Leslie's vision."[9]


The musical genres played there vary. FabricLive is a Friday-night "soundclash", including tempos from hip hop, breakbeat, dubstep, drum and bass and electro. Fabric's Saturday nights showcase house and techno. Craig Richards and Terry Francis are the club's resident DJs. Richards is also one of the Directors of Music Programming, selecting the lineups for Saturday nights, which have featured appearances by DJs such as Ricardo Villalobos, Carl Craig, Ellen Allien, and many others.[10]

Sundays at Fabric are promoted by Wetyourself, a polysexual event that has been running since February 2009. The music policy is underground house and techno, with the occasional live PA.[citation needed]

Fabric Records[edit]

A CD series was launched in 2001. It rotates monthly between Fabric and FabricLive, with the series showcasing established and emerging DJs. It is entirely independent and operated solely by Fabric.[11]

The full list of titles in the series can be seen at Fabric discography.


Houndstooth is the artist-led label from Fabric Records, and was started in February 2013. The label is home to artists such as Special Request, Akkord, Call Super, Snow Ghosts, Throwing Snow, Second Storey, Soft as Snow and 18+.[12]


On 19 September 2008, Reilly and Leslie opened the 2,600 capacity music venue Matter.[13][14] Located in The O2, it was their first project outside of Fabric. Matter has since closed.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://golondon.about.com/od/musicandnightlife/p/fabriclondon.htm
  2. ^ djmag.com (2008-02-01). "Top 100 Clubs 2008". DJmag.com. 
  3. ^ djmag.com (2009-02-01). "Top 100 Clubs 2009". DJmag.com. 
  4. ^ djmag.com (2010-02-01). "Top 100 Clubs 2010". DJmag.com. 
  5. ^ djmag.com (2009-11-24). "Outstanding Contribution - Keith". DJmag.com. 
  6. ^ "fabric: An oral history". RA.com. 2009-10-09. 
  7. ^ "Further delay to Jubilee Line upgrade". BBC. London. 2010-08-10. 
  8. ^ "Fabric nightclub put up for sale". NME. 2010-06-02. 
  9. ^ "fabric: Out of Administration". RA. 2010-06-24. 
  10. ^ "Club (About)". fabriclondon.com. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Label (About)". fabriclondon.com. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Label of the month: Houndstooth". 
  13. ^ "Exclusive: inside Fabric's new club Matter". Timeout.com. 2008-06-17. 
  14. ^ "Fabric duo take Matter into their own hands". musicweek.com. 2008-06-17. 
  15. ^ "fabric's Cameron Leslie speaks out". London: RA. 2008-07-13. 

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