Tributes have been pouring in to fabric from all quarters for the past few days. And it’s for good reason. The club is one of the most important cultural hubs in London, and it will be sorely missed. Fridays were the home to some of the most forward-thinking music in the UK, so – to pay a small tribute to the venue – we asked noted grime photographer Vicky Grout to share some of her favourite moments inside the club over the past few years.
“The first time I ever shot at fabric was for Butterz #8 with Ruff Sqwad, Bonkaz, Elijah & Skilliam, Swindle, Mumdance and Parris last year. It’s still one of my favourite fabric lineups to this day. James Gould was a G and let me borrow one of his cameras for the night. Being on stage with Ruff Squad was a madness.”
“Kurupt FM took over room 1 of fabric for their 16th Birthday in October 2015 and it was probably one of the best crowds at fabric I’ve ever seen. I wasn’t told Craig David was going to be the special guest until about half an hour before, so I was running around screaming. My facial expression matched Fanta’s as I took this picture.”
“These were taken from the last time I set foot in fabric (although I didn’t know it at the time). It was for the 10th Butterz at fabric with TQD, Elijah & Skilliam, Swindle, Frisco, Flowdan, Rude Kid and Jack Dat. I was actually only there for fun and vibes and promised myself I wouldn’t take any pictures for once, but of course I got on a wave and ended up getting my camera out every five seconds. The outcomes were interesting! Probably my favourite fabric experience to date.”