South London’s O2 Academy was hosting a performance by Nigerian singer Asake when ticketless supporters attempted to enter the building. Two individuals lost their lives in the ensuing crash, and Lambeth Council ordered the closure of the location.
Following the deaths of two individuals in a crowd crush at the O2 Academy in Brixton, the venue will be closed for an additional three months.
Owners Academy Music Group (AMG) stated that it had “seriously” thought about the situation and had made the choice to remain closed despite the local council’s upcoming license decision.
When ticketless fans attempted to attend Nigerian rapper Asake’s performance at the south London club on December 15, security guards Gaby Hutchinson, 23, and Rebecca Ikumelo, 33, suffered fatal injuries.
Shortly after, Lambeth Council issued an order to close the location awaiting a Monday hearing by a panel.
In order to “provide time to engage with the venue to achieve a safe reopening and to ensure necessary precautions, aimed at boosting public safety, are in place,” Metropolitan Police had requested a longer license suspension.
AMG has now taken control of the situation and expressed its “sincere sympathies to the families of those who perished” while also “recognizing the seriousness” of what transpired.
AMG stated that the three-month suspension will allow for the completion of the incident’s investigations and that it was “dedicated to understanding what happened” and “offering full cooperation to the police.”
The statement said, “The firm will decide to close for this time period whether or not the license is stopped, but AMG agrees to the suspension as an enforced step.”
The Met has a website up for anyone to submit information, images, and videos about the incident.
Eight participants required medical care as a result of the crowding, which was seen by an estimated 4,000 people.