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Fabric had as much trouble when it opened as that other over-hyped London superclub, Home. Both feature cutting-edge sound systems and ultra-modern decor. But Home, just off Leicester Square, has to cater to the walk-in run-of-the-mill Saturday night in town crowd - whereas Fabric, over in the East, is there for the dedicated clubber. First place this shows is the sound systems - Home's is state of the art, but Fabric's is regularly deafening. Too much bass end and this thing gets painful, and boring as it sounds, that ain't always a pleasant experience. There are flaws with Fabric's layout - the bottleneck that always forms between the two main dancefloors, outside the toilets, is a case in point. They use more dry ice than the average Goth wedding, and so the dancefloor can become un-navigable. But! once you've found your spot, Fabric can be a very comfy club. There are loads of seats, but with the capacity of a Fabric, they still get snapped up quickly. The room upstairs, though it could take a little more in the way of chill-out space, offers a welcome respite from the massive main floors, and it can achieve a small-club feel. Best of all, the music policy is usually fairly eclectic. If drum'n'bass ain't your thang, you can often choose between some old skool funk & soul, or a main room of electro or deep house. James Lavelle is perhaps a hit-&-miss choice for a resident, but he does draw an open-minded, eclectic crowd. The standard gripe is the price of the venue, and while £12-£15 entry is hardly unheard of, its the drinks that really hit your pocket. Of course, if you're not planning to drink to excess, you can get away with a moderately-expensive evening if you put your mind to it.
Fabric is a quality venue with a great sound system and an even better music policy. The main problems with the club are that A, the que to get in is rediculous - not helped by bouncers/door staff making you wait for a stupid amount of time and B, the cost of spending a night in there is not cheap. the entry fee is £12 for a start, then you have to pay for the cloakroom, and the drinks are a plain rip off, if you put them down for a few seconds make sure you watch the bar staff as they tidy up your glasses before you even get to finish your £3.50 bottle of beer! On the plus side the music policy is excellent, a wide range of dance music is covered, hip hop, house, drum & bass. The layout of the club is good - lots of areas to wonder around, a few more seats would be good though!
This club is second best that i have been to in my life and i have been to a fair few in my time! I first went on my birthday on a Saturday just after it opened and was very impressed despite suffering from the night before the music was good enough to lift me from my hangover and give me a birthday to remember. I have also been on Friday and again it was excellant. The atmosphere is relaxed and although there are a lot of men, there is none of the sleaze feel that some other london clubs have. Its great to go somewhere where you can wear exactly what you want and there is as far as i can see no selective door policy. The air conditioning is a brilliant idea as it can get pretty busy in there. The only downside is that there is not a seperate chill out room away from the main music. The loos are clean and as they are unisex the massive queue for the ladies is avoided. I would definately recommend it for a night out, its just Fab!
I have now been to Fabric three times. The first time was the opening weekend and despite having pre-booked tickets on the internet we queued for 3 hours and didnt get in..dont ask it was somebodys b/day so we stuck it out. Needless to say Fabric were very good about it and very apologetic, we got VIP tickets for the second time and that was a good night out. If you can get in the VIP section you are laughing..leather couches..balcony overlooking the dance floor..room to move! The final time was as a regular visitor and it was much worse.far too busy and thumping hardcore same beat for twenty minutes type music. a real club addicts club..if you prefer charty dance music and cheesy tunes this is not the place for you. If you want to dance to the same beat for an hour it is. will I go again? Probably not..worth a visit..the venue is great and the staff are polite and helpful despite being very stressed out...but once is enough..give me cheesy abba and wham any day....
What a line up! Liam Howlett the main man behind breakbeat techno punksters The Prodigy, James Lavelle Mo Wax guru and UNKLE coordinator and Talvin Singh winner of last year mercury Music prize. Fabric itself is a club situated in Farringdon, London. Along with Home it was launched in a blaze of publicity last year and unlike home has consistently hosted the best in ‘underground’ urban dance music. The whole place has the dank dark feel of a under ground cellar, albeit it a huge sprawling labyrinth of a wine cellar. There are three main rooms (or ‘spaces’) loosely connected by the main bar and stairwell and the place gets seriously jammed with people. And tonight it was spectacularly jammed. Lavelle’s set started off with getting the hop hop heads nodding with some juicy choice cuts from the likes of Rawkus hero Mos Def before spinning off into a curious blend of nostalgia meets modern. Soul II Soul to Queen to Run DMC all juiced up with breakbeat rumblings from the likes of DJ Shadow and Lavelle’s own UNKLE project. Ten out of ten for entertainment value but it was Howletts set that really got the party shaking. Heavy breakbeat fury peppered with punked up guitar mayhem. Nirvana crept in toward the end of the night along with The Sex Pistols. Babe Ruth’s The Mexican, Meat Beat Manifesto’s Babylon some strange Altern 8 Style rave choons splattered between the foot stomping bass bombing breakbeats. Whether or not he played any new Prodigy material is anyone’s guess but if he did, it sounded good.
The first thing I should say is that I've never listened to hard house at home. Like your average parent, I find it a bit repetative. Therefore when my friends first persuaded me to go to Fabric, I was a bit apprehensive. However I've now been three times and had some wonderful times. The club has a good layout, with one large main-room, a smaller second room and a (slightly disappointing) chill-out bit. But this is irrelivent because there is no reason to leave the main room. The times that I have gone have all been Saturday nights, when the House DJ Sasha has a residency. I advise everybody to experience his breathtaking performances. I still think the music is repetitive, but in a club, when it's really loud, it's almost hypnotic. The constant pounding beat is like a heartbeat or a pulse and NO I'M NOT LOVED UP, IT'S TRUE. The crowd at Fabric has always been really friendly, hyper-energetic and not as showy or self-conscious as a lot of other places. Needless to say, they sell a lot of water-bottles.
Being currently one of the trendiest and most popular clubs in London does not automatically spell quality, and 'Fabric' was a very disappointing experience. There is a certain recipe for success the most popular London clubs seem to follow: 1)Find some empty warehouse and hope that it's safe, 2)Give your club a meaningless one word name, 3)Charge an extortionate entry price, 4)Charge an equally extortionate price for the cloakroom and the infinitesimal selection of drinks, and 5)Ensure that Jarvis Cocker is spotted there at some point soon after opening. And bingo! - There's a two-page feature about the club in Time Out! Apart from anything else it is so crowded - partly with belligerent drunks - that there is barely any room to breathe, let alone dance. To be fair, the actual music is diverse and involving, but there are numerous more enjoyable - and less opportunistically run - clubs than this all over London. Ironically, it will probably start improving as soon as the trendies start going elsewhere (probably an abandoned shoe factory called 'Lemon' or something) because "Fabric isn't as good as it used to be". In the meantime, don't believe the hype.
Yeah, pretty much spot on! When I fist went to Fabric I just spent the first hour wandering around getting lost in the miles of interconnecting rooms crammed with other amazed clubbers. Once I had found my bearings and picked a dancefloor that I preferred, the club had become so busy that it became difficult to enjoy the vibe. Even with all the dancefloors rammed, there were still tonnes of people crammed into the chillout spaces and anywhere else they could find to chill without being herded on by the bouncers. This place IS great but is spoilt by the small size of the dancefloors in relation to the numbers of people that are let in. Music : Great, a good mix of styles on most nights to keep everyone happy. Venue : Fantastic spaces. Plenty bars, but too busy.
Said to London's best venue. The sound system is stunning and Fabric's monthly Friday nighter takes full advantage of the sound system. There are guest DJ's playing hip hop and breaks (James Lavelle, Scratch Perverts), drum and bass (Ed Rush, krust) and general stuff which is a bit mad, but fun nevertheless. Good music, but can get very crowded some nights, especially during the tourist season. Can get food also, which is not bad for a club.
When we went the music was AMAZING. It's a big club and they get great DJs in but... The place was so full that there was no room to dance to these amazing tunes which was sooooo frustrating. Partly because of this the vibe wasn't good. People started being a bit aggressive over space and worst of all you could feel yourself getting edgy too. I think there was a real clash between the alcohol fuelled part and the errr water bottle types. The funk bit seemed good - but it was a different thing altogether and I'd gone for dance. And the chill out bits were anything but - sofas lining a major corridor do not a chill out zone make. net result myself and several other keen clubby types had worst club experience yet, worst because it should have been one of the best with that music. On the otherhand the all night diner down the street does great chocolate milkshakes.
Don't be intimidated by the enormous que when you show up at Fabric. It moves surprisingly quickly once the bouncers start letting the punters in and within a few minutes you'll be embarking on a journey in one of London's more hedonistic clubs. Fabric's great, as well as the VIP lounge there are three dance floors, two large ones with banging house tunes and top DJ sets and a carwash disco- house scene tucked away in some arches which gives it part lounge bar / part saturday nite fever feel. All the dance floors are joined by vault like corridors that lead past spacious bars and chill out areas. The vibe is really very cool and the place is easy enough to get into to make you feel at least slightly welcome. Go if you get a chance but don't plan on doing anything on Sunday as you will be out late!!