In spite of what recent news might make you believe, drug-related deaths at electronic music events are certainly not an exclusively US phenomenon. London nightclub Fabric has announced that it will be closed this weekend as a result of recent fatalities.
One 18-year-old male died as a result of a drug overdose after attending an event at Fabric two months ago, followed by another last weekend. The nightclub's ownership has therefore shut its doors as a gesture of cooperation with local lawmakers.
A statement posted to Fabric's Facebook page read:
For the past 2 years fabric has operated without incident but tragically in the past 9 weeks two 18 year old boys have died as a consequence of drug overdoses.
In order to understand how this has happened we have agreed with the police and other agencies to suspend our operation whilst we investigate. The club will therefore be closed this weekend.
We will make a further statement next week but in the meantime for anyone who has purchased a ticket for the club this weekend, we have instructed Resident Advisor to refund all ticket purchases.
While the past two years may have been relatively smooth for Fabric, it faced its fair share of similar controversies before then. Artists slated to perform at events that will no longer take place due to this weekend's cancellation include Paleman, Appolonia and Rick Maya.