Fabric is a popular night club with resident and guest DJs playing Drum 'n' Base, Hip Hop, Funk and House music. They have a licensed bar but don't serve food. The venue can hold between 1500 and 2000 people.
There's plenty of seedy corners, dark stairwells and several bed-length coaches in the cavernous club. And the music, depending on which part of the club you venture to it will either randy hip-hop, thumping drum 'n bass or euphoric house, is perfect for setting a rhythm and convincing intoxicated people to get to know their fellow club goers. And cheap drink prices don't exactly encourage chastity, though there are times when the mixed-drinks feel watered-down.
But Fabric is a diverting enough night out that even the chaste will probably enjoy themselves. The drum 'n bass floor is frantic, the beats hit the floor so fast that any attempt to shuffle your feet in time will leave you looking challenged. Which is just what hardcore drum 'n bass fans want; anyone else will probably find it repetitive. The house floor often draws well known DJs, and since the music is nowhere near as loud as the departing-airplane volume of drum and bass you might even be able to talk to your fellow club goers. Fabric's brand of house is especially dreamy and enveloping, if you're in the right mood it might make you feel like you're on another plane. Club-goers wanting to dance to something with a slower beat, and that they could conceivably sing along to, will want to stick to the hip-hop floor.
Fabric has earned a reputation as a can't miss for dance fans. It's a reputation well-deserved. But people with only a mild-curiosity in the music, or who only go to clubs to see and bee seen, might want to go a more traditional route.
- Michael Tedder