O2 Academy Brixton has licence suspended for 3 months following deadly crowd crush in December

Final month Asake’s closing O2 Academy Brixton present was minimize quick after followers pressured their approach into the venue. 23-year-old Gabrielle Hutchinson, who was working as a safety contractor on the live performance, died alongside 33-year-old Rebecca Ikumelo.

After Lambeth councillors determined to droop the venue’s licence till 16 January, at present (16 January) it has been confirmed by MP Florence Eshalomi that the venue’s licence has been suspended for a “additional three months while a complete investigation into the tragic lack of life there in December continues.”

“It’s welcome that this resolution has been agreed on by each the Police and the venue administration,” Eshalomi’s assertion continued. “I’m additionally happy that the Academy recognise the necessity for extra situations to be added to their license to enhance the protection regime at live shows earlier than they reopen. They’re working with the authorities intently on what must occur to make sure this, and can submit proposals for approval at an additional listening to sooner or later.”

Evening Standard stories that Cllr Fred Cowell stated, “Each the police and the licence holder have expressed the view that the continued investigations are at too early a stage to obviously determine the trigger or causes of the deadly incident on the fifteenth December 2022 and the extent of any remedial steps required to forestall any repetition of a critical incident.”

“As a consequence the licensing sub-committee shouldn’t be presently glad that the venue can reopen at this stage with out undermining the licensing goals,” Fred Cowell added.