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18.09.2023, Words by Billy Ward

Brixton Academy given green light to re-open with series of "test-events"

"Academy Music Group is determined to learn all appropriate lessons from the night of December 15, 2022..."

Brixton Academy is set to re-open with a series of "test events". 

Last week, Lambeth Council revealed it supported the re-opening of Brixton Academy, following a two-day-long hearing at Lambeth Town Hall. The South London venue was facing permanent closure after the Met Police urged Lambeth council to revoke the venue's license following the death of two people.

On Friday (September 15), it was finally announced that the music venue had been given the green light to keep its licence and re-open – providing that it meets 77 “extensive and robust” conditions “designed to promote public safety”.

Now, following the decision, the venue is set to re-launch with a series of “test events” and a timeline for the re-opening will be announced shortly.

“Over the past nine months the venue’s importance to the local community and the live music scene in the UK has been made clear through first-hand professional testimony, campaigns, and petitions as well as economic assessments demonstrating the financial impact to the surrounding area caused by the closure,” reads a statement from the AMG.

“Academy Music Group is determined to learn all appropriate lessons from the night of December 15, 2022. Working at a senior level with experts across all disciplines, AMG presented a comprehensive, multi-faceted response for the licensing authorities to support their case for the safe and secure reopening of the venue.

“We appreciate having had the opportunity to present these detailed proposals and revised licence conditions at the hearing and we are very grateful they met with the approval of the Licensing Sub-Committee.”

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