Fears Brixton Academy Could Close Permanently Spark Urgent Letter

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 12 months ago

Last Updated 12 May 2023

Fears Brixton Academy Could Close Permanently Spark Urgent Letter
Save Brixton Academy: The front of Brixton Academy advertising a Jungle gig
There are fears Brixton Academy could close. Image: Londonist

Music fans are being called on to lend their voices to a campaign to save Brixton Academy.

The legendary south London music venue — a former cinema that's hosted The Smiths, Diana Ross and Snoop Dogg — has been closed since a fatal crush ahead of an Asake gig in December 2022, which killed two people.

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) now fears that Brixton Academy's closure could become permanent, and is asking people to sign a letter to be sent to Lambeth Council, highlighting the importance of the venue.

Says the NTIA: "The cultural heritage that this performance space represents is undeniable, and the millions of people's lives that have been touched by it over the course of its existence is exceptional."

While the Met Police has called for Brixton Academy's licence to be revoked, Academy Music Group, which runs the venue, has said it has presented detailed proposals which would allow for the venue to reopen safely. Upcoming Brixton Academy gigs are being moved to other venues, although those later in the year are still being billed as taking place at the Brixton venue.

NTIA is urging people to sign the letter by midnight on Monday 15 April.