DJ Goldie has threatened to melt down his MBE in protest over the closure of London nightclub Fabric.
The Farringdon venue was permanently shut down by Islington Council who said it had “a culture of drug use” – but Goldie claims a “cash strapped council” was to blame.
Speaking to Channel 4 news he said: “That’s the real reason Fabric was closed. No other reason. There’s no smoke without fire. God bless those kids that passed away. God bless them and their families.
“It’s very serious when it happens. But there have been people that have died from drugs in and out of clubs, hotels, everywhere, regardless of that. They needed an excuse and they’ve got one.”
The musician, real name Clifford Price, who performed at the nightclub in the 1990s, blamed the “so-called pencil-pushers and the so-called Corbyn’s” for not doing enough to stop the closure – which he claimed has made the UK look “stupid”.
He said: “I’m wondering whether or not the likes of me, the likes of Jazzie B, Norman Jay, Pete Tong for that matter, should just trade our MBE’s in, melt them down and put them in a pencil-pushers coffee, so it can taste a little bit sweeter for him today, so he feels more successful in killing counter culture and culture itself.”
He continued: “This country was built on culture and the moment you decide to close a club like Fabric you look stupid. You look like a guy in the 1980s carrying a mobile phone with a battery and a long wire wearing really high wasted jeans looking like a complete d*** in the high street thinking you’ve got something no one else has.”
Goldie also warned the council to prepare for riots and repercussions and bemoaned the future of music for the younger generation.
“I think from a country wide point of view it could have a lot of repercussions,” he said. “If this goes down the way that it’s going down, God I’m glad I made music when I did because God help the kids of tomorrow. You’re going to have mass riots on your hands and remember I told you so.”
The iconic club was ordered to close following a six hour review by the council in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
It was sparked after 18-year-olds Ryan Browne and Jack Crossley died after taking drugs at the venue on June 26 and August 6.