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For two decades, the Farringdon club has brought underground dance into the mainstream. But with increasing costs and less adventurous punters, it faces serious challenges If there’s one word that flashes, strobe-like, when London’s Fabric nightclub is mentioned, it is “resilience”. Despite the changing whims of dance music fans over the decades and a much-publicised closure in 2016, this year Fabric is celebrating a double decade of dancefloor dynamite. It has survived in a stifling climate for clubs where few others could. Fabric opened in October 1999 in a former meat storage unit in Farringdon during house music’s first mainstream moment. Flashy superclub Home had opened in Leicester Square a month earlier, with Paul Oakenfold at the helm and a £70,000 marketing spend. But the 1,600-capacity Fabric was outside central London, had a non-commercial music policy and resident DJs – Terry Francis and Craig Richards – who were relatively unknown. Co-founders Keith Reilly and Cameron Leslie wanted to deliver not a superclub but a superb club: five-star hospitality with a side of old-school rave anarchy. “It was very much an antidote to the time, to big Radio 1 DJs,” says Leslie. Continue reading...