7.12 fabric XX with Ricardo Villalobos & Craig Richards
Sat 7th Dec
2PM - 2AM
For 20 years, fabric has played an integral role in shaping not just the UK club landscape, but also clubbing culture globally. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, they bring their XX tour to Melbourne for their first Australian outing, inviting a clutch of ambassadors who have made a significant impact on the club’s enduring impact and legacy. Ricardo Villalobos has famously played a crucial part in fabric’s story. In 2002 he visited the club for the first time, helping to introduce the London audience to a new European style of minimal alongside resident Craig Richards. He’s famously returned to the same spot on a quarterly rotation for the last 17 years, crafting mind-bending sonic trips that traverse house, techno and minimal via electronic music’s deepest corners. His landmark fabric 36 album was heralded as a masterpiece, capturing his stripped-back percussive style that’s since inspired a generation of artists. In keeping with the Farringdon club’s traditional extended Sunday morning sessions, Villalobos is joined by longstanding fabric resident Craig Richards. Widely regarded as the face of the London institution, Richards has been instrumental in shaping the club’s musical identity. Over the last 20 years he’s become one of the world’s most versatile DJs, honing a rich sound that takes in dub techno, deep house, glitchy electro, stripped-back minimal leftfield disco, and more. An artist in the truest sense, outside of DJing his other creative endeavours include his killer studio productions, running the excellent The Nothing Special label, and curating the much-loved Houghton Festival. Mathew Jonson also performs live. The Canadian artist’s melodic anthems embody a truly singular approach to techno, a sound he’s long showcased in his destructive live sets at fabric. One of the London club’s freshest residents, Bobby. completes the bill.
Chilean born Berlin based artist Ricardo Villalobos can be considered one of the most reputable artists in dance music history. Well-known for his work in the minimal techno and micro-house genres, his longstanding fabric residency has earned him a spot in fabric XX hall of fame, as well as regular appearances on the world’s biggest stages. From his iconic set at Berlin’s Love Parade in 2006, to winning a DJ award for Ibiza DJ Set of the Year, he’s an artist who fluidly weaves through opposing genres with ease, all the while remaining true to his own style. With an impressive discography across his 3 decade long career, and collaborations with the industries biggest names, the Villalobos legacy proves to remain as relevant as ever.
Record collector, label owner, producer, curator, visual artist, and one of the world’s most versatile DJs: Craig Richards has been involved in many creative pursuits throughout our 20-year history. As one of our prized founding residents, he’s played over 700 Saturday nights since we opened our doors in 1999. His highly individual late night sound crosses mind-bending techno and electro, dubby house, wiggly breaks, leftfield disco, and classic UK rave. His residency is one of the most significant in dance music history. But for all of these accolades he remains a resolutely unassuming character, utterly committed to playing music with belief. He represents everything we stand for.