O2 Academy Brixton To Remain Closed For Three Months In Light Of Tragic Crowd Crush

O2 Academy Brixton To Remain Closed For Three Months In Light Of Tragic Crowd Crush

January 18, 2023

O2 Brixton will remain shut for an additional three months in order for police to investigate the crowd crush that sadly left two people dead.

The London venue hosted Afrobeats star Asake across three dates but it was at his final show that things took a dark turn. The night was cut short when people began forcing their way into the venue, leaving a number of individuals badly injured and resulted in the death of 33-year-old mother of two children Rebecca Ikumelo, and 23-year-old Gaby Hutchinson who was a security contractor working on the night. A third attendee remains hospitalised in critical condition.

It is reported by BBC News that the venue's license had previously been suspended by Lambeth Council until the January 16, where they would meet to discuss the venue's future. Now, the suspension will extend for another three months while investigations continue.

In a shared statement, a spokesperson for Academy Music Group said: "O2 Academy Brixton recognises the gravity of the events which occurred on the night of 15th December 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 (AMG) is committed to understanding what happened and co-operating with the various investigations that are underway including providing full cooperation to the police in the conduct of their inquiries."

Lambeth Council has the authority to revoke the venue's license permanently if they decide it's an appropriate solution to the incident.