Brixton Academy’s licensing hearing to take place next month

It has been confirmed that a hearing will be held next month to decide the future of Brixton Academy.

The iconic London venue sparked controversy last year after a fatal hit and run at an Asake concert. The incident, which left two dead and one in critical condition, resulted in the academy’s license being suspended for three months.

Since then, the Metropolitan Police have claimed that they have “lost confidence” in the security of the premises and already in April they pressured it to close its doors permanently.

A license review hearing on the immediate future of the venue will be held in Lambeth Town Hall on 11 and 12 September.

In a statement, the Nightlife Industries Association and Save Our Scene said: “This is a critical time for the venue as it decides its future, and it will need all the support it can get during this review.”

A new campaign to save Brixton Academy was launched earlier in the year. According to NTIA, the venue is “part of London’s cultural fabric” and is “one of the UK’s most famous venues, hosting royal performances by an internationally renowned line-up of talent including Eddie Izzard , Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Groove Armada, Rema, Little Simz, Little Britain, Davido, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Stormzy, Kylie Minogue, Ziggy Marley, Burnaboy, LCD Soundsystem, Rihanna, as well as the many award ceremonies and ambassador moments that represents the UK worldwide.

You can support the campaign here.

NTIA Director General Michael Kill said the venue “is a huge part of the cultural economy of London and the UK, and is undoubtedly one of the most iconic performance venues in the world. It has been responsible for the careers of artists of the time shaping and sustaining past and present”.

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