Following the devastating deaths of two people during Nigerian superstar Asake’s concert at the O2 Academy in Brixton, Academy Music Group (AMG) have announced that the facility remains closed for an additional three months even after officials have delivered their decision on licensing.

On December 15, several people attempted to enter the arena without tickets to see Asake perform, resulting in the deaths of security guard Gaby Hutchinson and Rebecca Ikumelo who were rushed to the hospital after sustaining injuries on scene.

It’s estimated that 4,000 people were there when the event occurred, which required hospitalisation for eight persons.

A spokesperson for AMG stated, “O2 Academy Brixton recognises the gravity of the events which occurred on the night of December 15 2022 and expresses its sincere condolences to the families of those who died during the tragic incident and its genuine concerns for anyone affected by it.

“The licence holder, Academy Music Group, is committed to understanding what happened and co-operating with the various investigations that are under way, including providing full co-operation to the police in the conduct of their inquiries.”

Adding, “AMG has reflected deeply and has come to its own decision to close the premises for three months while the investigations take place and, at the same time, to work in partnership with the responsible authorities, which will include a review of the licence conditions and proposed amendments.

“The company’s decision to close for this period will be the case whether or not the licence is suspended but AMG agrees to the suspension as an enforceable measure.”

On Monday, representatives from AMG, the police, and Lambeth Council will be present for a discussion concerning the venue’s licencing, where a thorough evaluation will be conducted, which may result in a temporary suspension or a permanent revocation by the council.

The O2 Academy Brixton’s licence should remain suspended, according to the Metropolitan Police, to “allow time to work with the venue to facilitate a safe reopening”.

Person’s who were in attendance during the night of the event are being encouraged to upload images, videos, and other related information to a portal provided by the authorities.

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Mingle