Following the announcement from Lambeth Council today that Brixton Academy will retain its license and under new operating and licensing conditions be able to reopen.
Michael Kill CEO NTIA says:
“We are pleased to announce that Brixton Academy will retain its license and is poised to reopen, marking a momentous milestone in safeguarding this cherished landmark.
“Our profound appreciation goes out to the countless supporters and stakeholders who rallied behind us during this critical juncture.”
“Brixton Academy has consistently held a special place in the hearts of music aficionados, and its cultural significance is immeasurable. We have consistently advocated for its safe reopening, and today’s decision reaffirms our unwavering commitment to ensuring its continued success as a hub for live music and entertainment.”
“This achievement owes much to our collaboration with the local community, artists, and devoted fans. Together, we have showcased the resilience and unyielding spirit that define Brixton and its dynamic music scene. We are indebted to each and every individual who signed petitions, participated in meetings, and voiced their support through various avenues.”
“We also recognise the profound responsibility that accompanies this, and acknowledge the tragic events of last December, which resulted in the loss of two lives.”
“We are resolute in our commitment to supporting the implementation of the agreed stringent safety measures to prevent any such tragedy from recurring. Our paramount concern remains the safety and enjoyment of all those who enjoy nightlife.”
“This is a testament to the potency of collective action and the enduring passion for live and electronic music culture. As we embark on this journey forward, we eagerly anticipate welcoming music enthusiasts, artists, and the community to partake in the enchantment of live performances once more.”
“We extend our heartfelt gratitude for standing alongside us and for safeguarding this iconic venue. Together, we will continue to inscribe the history of Brixton Academy with indelible musical moments and cherished memories.”
George Fleming, Save Our Scene says:
“We are feeling a huge sense of relief that Brixton Academy is safeguarded for the future, as will many others.”
“We recognise this was a tragic case and welcome all of the new safety measures which have been implemented by AMG & Lambeth Council.”
“The public support for this venue has been immense and we’d like to thank everyone who rallied together and signed the various petitions and campaigns.”
“It’s essential we look after our cultural spaces. They are the lifeblood of this country, which so many of us depend on. With 1 in 3 venues closing down in the past 4 years & operating costs now 40% higher than pre-pandemic levels, we’re extremely worried about the future of UK arts & culture. We are urging the UK Government and local authorities to recognize the importance of this sector and the role it plays in people’s lives. We must act and stand up before it’s too late.”