The London club could avoid taking its appeal to court.

Fabric is working on an out-of-court agreement with Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police that could lead to the club reopening, according to a report in the Islington Tribune.

The club was planning to appeal its closure at Highbury Magistrates Court on November 28, but that court date may be scrapped if the parties are able to reach an agreement in the “secret talks”, which are said to be at an “advanced stage”.

Fabric co-owner Cameron Leslie revealed the existence of a “non-disclosure agreement” to the Tribune, adding: “I’m not at liberty to say whether [discussions] are being had or not.” As the Tribune points out, the existence of a non-disclosure agreement is evidence that discussions are ongoing.

Fabric was ordered to close in September after Islington Council’s licensing sub-committee revoked the club’s license following the deaths of two 18-year-olds.

The club has already submitted evidence for the hearing, including statements from former Metropolitan Police chief inspector Adrian Studd and drug welfare expert Professor Fiona Measham.

Over 150,000 people signed a petition of support after Fabric’s shutdown, and the supporters have since raised over £300,000 towards the club’s legal funds.

“The closure of fabric has seen a reaction that has been completely humbling and overwhelming to all of us on the team,” the club said in a statement. “This response perfectly encapsulates everything the electronic music community represents.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan had previously urged the club and the police to come together “to find an approach that protects clubbers’ safety and the future of the club”.

[via RA]



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