The O2 Academy in Brixton will stay shut for 3 extra months after two folks have been killed in a crowd crush.
Owners Academy Music Group (AMG) mentioned it had “reflected deeply” on the incident and had determined to remain closed no matter an impending licensing choice by the native council.
Security guard Gaby Hutchinson, 23, and Rebecca Ikumelo, 33, have been fatally injured when ticketless followers tried to enter Nigerian artist Asake’s present on the south London venue on 15 December.
Lambeth Council ordered the positioning to close shortly afterwards, pending a listening to by a subcommittee on Monday.
Metropolitan Police had sought an extended licence suspension “to allow time to work with the venue to facilitate a safe reopening and to ensure appropriate safeguards, aimed at improving public safety, are in place”.
AMG has now taken the matter into its personal arms, saying it “recognises the gravity” of what occurred and provided “sincere condolences to the families of those who died”.
The three-month closure will give time for investigations into the incident to happen, AMG mentioned, including it was “committed to understanding what happened” and “providing full co-operation to the police”.
“The company’s decision to close for this period will be the case whether or not the licence is suspended, but AMG agrees to the suspension as an enforceable measure,” a press release continued.
An on-line portal arrange by the Met for folks to submit particulars, photographs, and movies of the incident stays open.
Some 4,000 persons are thought to have witnessed the crush, which left eight attendees needing hospital therapy.