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Renters Turn Their Airbnb Pad Into A Nightclub

People usually go to Airbnb to find a place to sleep while visiting a new city. But some tourists have a somewhat different idea altogether.

That was apparently the case when a group of tourists decided to turn their rented one-bedroom Airbnb pad in Canonbury, London, UK into a full-fledged nightclub. Full-fledged in the sense that it had a a DJ, bouncer and a professional sound system set up. And yes, they even charged tickets to enter the flat and managed to draw a 200+ crowd that spilled into the street.

“It sounded like fabric was upstairs,” one neighbor said. “It was just the constant bass thud. We saw one guy carrying in DJ equipment.”

Unfortunately, the pad was located in a residential area, and as such the event frustrated the neighbors trying to get some rest for the night.

“It was like a football crowd,” said another neighbor who was at home at the time with his pregnant wife. “It was the worst night ever. I could hear the music louder than if I was playing it in my own living room.”

The owner of the flat was out of the country at the time. Upon hearing the news, he felt “terrible and couldn’t do anything.”

The local town council members first attempted to put the party to the stop but weren’t able to do so. Eventually, the police arrived at 3AM though they decided to wait for backup due to the size of the crowd.

Police started clearing out the party after 4:30AM, with the party ultimately ending shortly after 6AM

H/T: Techno Moves

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12 People Suffer Chemical Burns in London Nightclub Acid Attack

On April 17th, 2017 shocking news about an acid chemical burn attack at nightclub Mangle E8 (Wringer & Mangle) began making the world rounds. The nightclub is an ex-industrial laundry basement now converted into a multi-use events space in London Fields, home to a 720 capacity basement event space, a canteen/bar on the ground floor and numerous music and arts workspaces. Mangle is advertised to be a new venue for music enthusiasts who want to party in the heart of London.

The Sun reports that the venue had been hosting the Lovejuice Warehouse Party, a nine-hour house music night when the attack broke out injuring 12 and requiring 400 partygoers to be evacuated into the street. The Police Department, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service arrived at around 01:10 BST. A tenant that lives in a space overlooking the club explained the confusing scene: “It happened so fast – they rushed people out. I thought it was a stabbing because all I heard was ‘move, move, move – move out of the area’. The security was telling the crowd to go down that way – people on this side were waiting to go home but they couldn’t go home because the road was closed. People were confused.”

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#TBT: The Second Summer of Love, Britain’s Acid House Revolution

During the summers of 1987-89, Britain experienced one of its largest youth movements ever. A direct result of the rise of acid house, the introduction and consumption of ecstasy, and the need for a space where your looks, sexual orientation, or societal status didn’t matter. This social phenomenon is noted as the Second Summer of Love, referencing the sixties Summer of Love, where 100,000 hippies converged in San Francisco’s neighborhood, Haight-Ashbury, to experiment and become conscious of one’s existence.

At a time when rare groove and hip-hop dominated most of the UK club music scene, acid house was skyrocketing in popularity thanks to ecstasy and two of the most influential clubs in the UK, the Haçienda and Shoom.

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Editorial: fabric’s Reopening Conditions Don’t Solve The Problem

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Let me put my hands forward and state that I was nothing short of ecstatic when I heard yesterday that fabric had won its latest battle against local officials and was granted permission to reopen. The news is a win for dance music and nightlife culture in London, the United Kingdom and everywhere else, as evidenced by the sheer number of people that signed the #savefabric petition of support and donated money to the #saveourculture fundraiser initially intended to be used for an official appeal by the Islington club.

The club’s license is being reinstated with 32 specific conditions that have been agreed upon by all parties involved and approved by judge Robin McPhee at Highbury Magistrates Court.

The official joint statement, which you can read here, explains the history of how the agreement was reached and delineates the conditions that will need to be enforced as part of the venue’s Zero Tolerance to Drugs policy. Early on, it states that, “Fabric repudiates the online abuse aimed at Committee members and Council staff and will permanently exclude anyone who has been found to be involved,” while going on to specify that “Fabric Life will pay Islington’s costs in these proceedings directly and not from the monies pledged by supporters.”

It then lists some specific conditions to be enforced:

– The use of a new I.D. scanning system on entry to the club
– Enhanced searching procedures and controls
– Covert surveillance within the club
– Life-time bans for anyone found in possession of drugs, whether on entry or within the club
– Life-time bans for anyone trying to buy drugs in the club
– Enhanced monitoring and external auditing for compliance against procedures
– Physical changes to the club, including improved lighting and additional CCTV provision
– A new Security Company
– Persons under 19 years of age shall not be permitted to be on the premises as a customer or guest from 2000 hours on a Friday until 0800 hours on the following Monday or on any day during the hours that the operators promote a Core Club Night.

While fabric’s reopening is surely a victory, the wording of the joint statement sounds too eerily similar to that of plea bargain agreement, rather than one recognizing that the venue should have never been closed in the first place. Sure, while fabric may have been spared from expensive and lengthy legal proceedings, it is now being forced to use its own funds to pay Islington Council’s costs rather than those willingly donated by the club’s patrons and supporters. Further, those who stood alongside fabric and spoke up against the council’s decision to shut down the club could potentially find themselves banned from entering fabric’s doors ever again, an interesting set-back on the basic idea of free speech.

More worrying is the nature of the conditions that will now be put in place and, surely for the club’s sake, enforced vigorously. They clearly state that anyone found in possession of any drugs at point of entry or inside the club will be banned from the venue for life, as will anyone attempting to buy drugs inside fabric’s walls. Harsher searching procedures and the use of covert surveillance inside the venue will ensure that it will be incredibly hard for anyone to enter the club with drugs or to buy them once inside, least not for the huge penalty hanging over their head if caught doing so.

While the argument here is far from being pro-drugs, it leaves me to wonder if club-goers will simply find ways to work around these new rules while still consuming their drug of choice. It is not far-fetched, for example, to imagine ravers taking drugs right before entering the venue, perhaps as they get off the tube or while walking toward the club. The point being made here is the same one that has been repeated in the past when the topic of drug usage in the nightlife world comes up: the solution is not to blanket-ban drug usage or those who consume drugs, but to educate our youth on the effects of drugs and to provide safety measures whenever and wherever possible. We have so often seen illustrious and respected members of out community advocate for drug testing, and calling for solutions that do so in the name of education and safety. Judge McPhee, however, was quoted as saying, “I am satisfied that the council and Fabric pulled together to get a set of workable conditions to prevent drug use,” a statement that is frankly far too disconnected from the reality of nightlife and, as such, ultimately unrealistic.

By reaching an agreement and not going to court, fabric has foregone the chance of setting an important legal precedent which could have safeguarded not only the club’s future but that of any other venue facing similar problems in the years to come.  This isn’t a matter of condemning or condoning drug usage, it’s a matter of providing the true measures that will stop further deaths from happening in the future — the same deaths that brought about fabric’s closure in the first place. The current sanctions and conditions will not prevent club-goers from consuming drugs but will simply force them to take them earlier in the night or to get a little more clever so they do not get caught bringing them inside the club.

In fact some, including myself, argue that these conditions set a precedent that could be taking London’s nightlife a few steps back rather than forward. Very strict search procedures, covert surveillance, increased CCTV system and blanket bans will now be standard operating procedure in the biggest and most known nightclub in London. These conditions have been essentially labeled as a standard for others to follow, and that kind of statement has serious repercussions for nightlife as a whole.

For society to make progress on the subject of drug usage it needs to stop believing that Zero Tolerance policies work. They do not. We have seen it in a true large scale with America’s War On Drugs, and we see it confirmed every day on the streets of Amsterdam. Plenty of studies have supported the idea that decriminalizing drugs in the UK would result in less people consuming them, and The Times recently broke new ground declaring itself in favor of treating drug use and possession as a health issue rather than a crime. The policing at Glastonbury, UK’s biggest music festival, has often been described as “friendly”, with the Avon and Somerset force following a “policing by consent” policy. Interestingly enough, Glastonbury rarely sees drug-related deaths and reported improved crime and drug-related offenses for 2015, with a drastic fall from the year before. And how about Portugal’s excellent results following 15 years of drug decriminalization?

I could go on listing and citing evidence to this regard but I think the point is clear: fabric’s reopening is surely a win, but it’s one marred by a nonsensical Zero Tolerance approach that is unrealistic and unworkable. It’s imperative to not lose sight of why the club was shut down in the first place, a loss of life that is preventable with education and safety, rather than with the paranoia created through stricter searches, covert surveillance and blanket bans.

The battle has been won but the war to #saveourculture is far from over.

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London Appoints First Night Czar To Protect City’s Nightlife

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In light of recent events, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been on a quest to appoint the city’s first Night Czar with the aim of nurturing and protecting nightlife within the British capital.

Over the weekend comedian, writer, broadcaster and DJ Amy Lamé was revealed as London’s first Night Czar, tasked with the uphill battle of turning around the city’s night-time economy — an agenda item often championed by Mayor Khan when he was running for office.

Discussing her new appointment, Lamé stated: “It’s a privilege to be London’s very first Night Czar. I can’t wait to hit the streets and have loads of ideas of what I can do for revellers, night-time workers, businesses and stakeholders.

“For too long, the capital’s night-time industry has been under pressure — music venues and nightclubs in particular are closing at an alarming rate. With the advent of the Night Tube, and the Mayor’s commitment to protect iconic venues across the city, I’m confident that I can inspire a positive change in the way people think about the night-time economy.”

The aim is for Lamé to legitimize London’s nightlife like never before, mediating between clubs and local officials, lobbying on behalf of prospective venues seeking 24-hour licenses, protecting venues where needed, remove the stigmas associated with nightlife and instead work on eliminating the real sources of the problems the industry faces and more. Issues the likes of those that led to fabric’s closure will hopefully be worked on to ensure the downtrend of the city’s nightlife is reverted for good.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Man Danced 24 Hours to Raise Funds for fabric London

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When you love something, you will go to any length to protect it.

That was exactly the case for a London fabric fan by the name of Tim Griffith, who decided to dance for 24 hours straight outside of the closed club in an attempt to raise £2,000 for its legal battle to re-open.

Griffith’s gofundme page clearly explains how music is his number one passion, a love that translates to a job as an audiovisual technician and a DJ/music production career which he continues in his spare time.  When talking about his planned exploit, Griffith explained, “A few weeks back I made the decision to organise a 24 hour, non-stop dance outside the doors of fabric, in order to raise money to contribute towards fabric’s legal fees, which the club needs to raise in order to appeal the revocation of their licence.”

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The Islington club has officially appeared against the local council’s decision to revoke its license, with a formal court date set for Monday, November 28th. Dance music fans all over the world are raising funds online to assist with the legal fees and to ensure that the club staff are able to survive through this period. Thus far a total of £282,918 has been raised, with a series of dedicated benefit nights featuring top-tier acts such as Ricardo Villalobos, Nina Kraviz and Seth Troxler all scheduled for October and December. Griffith began the 24 hour dance marathon at noon GMT of Friday and terminated it successfully today.

 

Think You Have What It Takes to be Night Czar of London?

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Ministry of Sound in London

Following on his promise to focus on and highlight his city’s nightlife, the Mayor of London is looking to appoint the UK’s first Night Czar to shape London’s future as a 24-hour city. This comes on the heels of the recent controversy with fabric London, which remained closed at the orders of the Metropolitan Police and Islington Council following two recent drug overdose deaths. Sadiq Khan, London’s Mayor, stepped in encouraging officials involved to get to the root to the problem without keeping the venue closed.

Now, the Mayor has launched a search for the UK’s first Night Czar, a new position that will be charged with championing the value of London’s night time culture whilst developing and diversifying London’s night time economy.

The official job insert specifies that the following duties will be required of this new position:

“Working with the Mayor, the Night Time Commission, local authorities, businesses, the Metropolitan Police Service, Transport For London and other agencies, the Night Czar will create a vision for London as 24-hour city and a roadmap showing how the vision will be realised. The Night Czar will have proven leadership ability, public profile and convening power, plus a thorough understanding of the night time economy and the ability to work in a political environment.

This is initially a one-year officeholder post with a time commitment of up to 2.5 days per week.

London’s diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to reflect London’s diversity in all GLA appointments. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.”

You can apply for the position, which pays £35,000, until Monday 12 September at 23:59 GMT. Interviews will take place at: City Hall on Wednesday 21 September 2016.

 

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Junction 2: London’s Newest Techno Festival

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As it turns out, London will enjoy a brand-new, techno-only festival. The Hydra, Drumcode, and Closer will be providing a stacked lineup for Junction 2, the first festival hosted by London Warehouse Events (LWE), often considered the UK’s finest in underground event promoters. The festival will be held on Saturday, June 4, at a never-before-used, undisclosed (in true underground fashion) Zone 4 location. The lineup is nothing short of ridiculous, featuring techno legends from every corner of the globe, including Alan Fitzpatrick, Dixon, Adam Beyer, Ide Engberg, Pan-Pot, Nina Kraviz, and a live Carl Craig set (billed as Carl Craig presents Modular Pursuits, a new alias under which he will also be performing at Movement). The event aims to blend  “green fields, rambling rivers, woodland pathways and hidden enclaves” and “striking industrial features,” according to festival organizers. Tickets for the all-day show are now available via the Junction 2 website, and the exact location will be announced in the coming months.

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Win Free Entry to Fabric London for an Entire Year

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Fabric London ranks as one of the Mecca’s of club culture. Their programming knows no bounds, hosting quality artists on a daily basis from every corner of the dance spectrum. But even with such a strong reputation, Fabric still values the input of their patrons, and are always looking to make the Fabric experience that much greater.

Fabric has launched a 17 question survey on their website, and will be awarding one lucky winner a “friend of Fabric” card that will grant the individual free entry to the club for a whole year, as well as priority entry. The questionnaire takes less than a few minutes to complete, and the hopeless romantic clubber in us salivates at the idea of winning free entry to one of London’s greatest clubs.

Head over to their official site to participate in the survey

Ricardo Villalobos, Ben Sims, Jamie Jones and More to Play Fabric 16th Birthday

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Earlier this month Fabric announced that they’re gearing up for an epic weekend marathon to commemorate their 16th birthday. The initial report was that it will begin on October 16th with esteemed artists from the drum and bass community, with Fabric keeping the house and techno acts “under wraps” for the time being. Well, the official houslineup is revealed, and let’s just say a trip to London is worth contemplating.

Room 1 at Fabric for the celebration will feature the best that underground electronic music has to offer. Throughout the marathon the booth at Fabric will be graced by Craig Richards, Ricardo Villalobos, Ben Sims, Matrixxman, Marcel Dettmann, Steffi, Virginia, Jamie Jones, DJ Qu, Felix Dickinson, Prosumer, Terry Francis, Paranoid London, as well as individual sets from Apollonia members, Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom, and Shonky.

Seeing as it’s a marathon, it’s appropriate that an ample amount of Berghain residents are present on the lineup. That said, the lineup is comprised of many artists who are all quite familiar with the vibe at Fabric, and all will certainly be in good spirits for the occasion.

Expect nothing but excellence when this legendary weekend rolls around in London. Tickets and more info for the Fabric 16th Birthday Marathon can be found here.

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