Like with most things, we create top lists in our minds. We might talk about who the best footballer is in the Premier league now or which was the best band in the 60’s.
Speaking to most clubbers in London, or students around the capitol, is easy to get into the “best club” discussion. Most of times, you will hear the name of ‘fabric’, and rightfully so.
“It’s my favorite place to go in the UK,” claims German DJ Alex Niggemann. “I love the dark DJ cage in Room 1 and the colored lights that light the room. Combined with the sound, it always makes me speechless. I enjoy playing there a lot!”.
With a premiere sound system built by Martin Audio, which also equips Ministry of sound, the venue opened in 1999 and can host up to 1000 people.
As the website states “Simply put, fabric was conceived by people that go to clubs, for people that go to clubs”. The club has three rooms with their own independent sound systems. A unique feature is the vibrating floor in Room One. Known as a “bodysonic” dance floor, sections of the floors are attached to 450 bass transducers which emit bass frequencies, allowing clubbers to feel the music through the low end frequencies transmitted into their skeletons via their feet. The venue occupies a total area of 25,000 square feet’’.
After a month and a half without going there, I went last Saturday to see world-class techno DJ Alan Fitzpatrick from the label Drumcode.
The vibe and feel of the venue is unbelievable. As soon as you are admitted in – and most of times you will if you are a decent human being – you go through a few steps down and it looks like you’re about to go into a cave. Many times the word underground club is abused, but here is definitely what you get.
Around you, loads of people walk in and out at a time where most have wrapped up their night and are sleeping. Once you walk into the actual club, where room 1 is located, you’ll be amazed by how busy it still is, how big it is, and you will be dazzled by the excellent lighting.
Behind the great music, that is my favorite part of the experience you get there. Lasers and arrows of colored bright light will sparkle all over the place at the rhythm of the sound. The mastermind behind this is light and sound design is Dave Parry, who was inspired by the use of lighting at Pink Floyd’s Pulse tour by designer Mark Brickman.
In an interview with VICE’s ”Thump”, he stated: “The Pulse tour was totally mind-blowing, the way Mark used color and movement is still embedded in my mind and the mirror ball moment still gives me shiver’’.
Reading a piece from Timeout London, I was even more impressed by the attention to detail that lies behind the scenes. In the article Sanjeev Bhardwaj, technical manager at Fabric, mentions how they always have at least two engineers. “We walk around EQing the system with hand-held computers all night”, he says.
All in all, I believe Fabric beats any other club in London and possibly in the U.K. due to three major factors: first of all, the always high quality DJs who play there (including residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis), the timing of the raves – you can dance up to 9 or 11 am on Saturdays – , and the excellent lighting. Oh, and the comfy sofas as well.
Sources and links:
-Fabric website: http://www.fabriclondon.com/
-Dave Parry Interview: https://thump.vice.com/en_uk/article/dave-parry-fabric-matter-ministry-of-sound-camden-palace-sound-lighting-engineer-designerhttps://www.martin-audio.com/#