17:36 Sep. 21, 2016
The momentum has shifted to the capitals of eastern Europe, whose underground electronic music scenes are starting to rival Berlin's - writes Arthur House
So Fabric has closed, and London's once-great club culture is on its last legs. Enough ink has been spilt over the short-sightedness of Islington Council's decision, but with rising rents and rapacious property developers forcing London clubs to close by the dozen in recent years, it was probably only a matter of time before Fabric went the same way.
Still, the closure of such an important venue marks a new phase in the blandification of London, a city that we call home here at The Calvert Journal. We've got a night tube now, but what are we going to use it for?
For years now, London's clubbers have been casting envious glances over at Berlin, with its great music, aggro-free crowds and parties that go on all weekend. Unlike London, Berlin's local authorities value clubbing's place at the heart of the city's cultural life.
But if we're already used to looking east, we'd do well to look a bit further in that direction, to other cities only a short plane ride away. Because while clubbing in London has been entering its death throes, it's been coming of age in eastern Europe.