Brixton Academy to Remain Shut for a Month, Over Stampede Death at Asake’s Concert
After two people, including a fan, died after they were crushed at a concert featuring Nigerian musician Asake, Brixton Academy has been ordered to remain closed for a month.
On December 15, several ticketless concertgoers attempted to rush into the southwest London venue, forcing the cancellation of the event.
The 33-year-old Nigerian mother-of-two Rebecca Ikumelo and the 23-year-old security guard Gaby Hutchinson both perished as a result of the crush’s injuries.
Council members got together today, according to Mail Online, to talk about the Met Police’s request for a quick review of the venue’s license. Since the event, the Academy has been closed, and today it was ordered to stay closed until January 16, when council members will gather once more to talk about its future.
Established in 1929, Brixton Academy is one of London’s most recognizable music venues.
The horrific incident that occurred in Brixton Academy on Thursday night has shocked and saddened Lambeth Council. We are working to support our communities in the wake of this tragedy.
The council is actively participating in the current investigations, as well. We’re adamant that the reasons behind these terrible things happening must be explained.
“The facility is temporarily closed, and we are planning to do an urgent, thorough examination of its licence, which covers the requirements it must satisfy to operate, including its public safety precautions.”
It happens when Gaby Hutchinson’s family pays tribute to their “selfless” relative.
The 23-year-old, who was from Gravesend in Kent, passed away from his wounds on Monday in a hospital.