China has long been known, sadly, as a place for counterfeits. Unfortunately, this particular news will not help improve the country’s reputation, although it comes with a bit of a side chuckle or two.
Mixmag has reported that Dutch DJ and promoter Bram van Ravenhorst, who operates an underground club called Echo Bay in Chongqing, recently discovered a club in the city called fabric. Not only does this Chongqing club share the same name as that of the iconic London nightclub, the former also has the logo that is almost identical to the one used by the latter.
Not much else is known about the Chongqing “Fabric” except that it’s in the city’s Beibin Lu area. Not to mention, the club also plays EDM and commercial house inside and that the club is decorated with China’s infamous “sexy girls dancing.”
At the moment, it is not clear if London’s fabric has been made aware of the existence of Chongqing’s “Fabric” nor if any legal action is being planned, if any ever will, against the latter. And while it can be argued that there are better tributes that can be given to London’s fabric and its role in electronic music culture than what Chongqing’s “Fabric” may be aiming for (assuming it was conceived as a tribute), the saying “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” may be applied by some in return.