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The O2 Academy Brixton may reopen if certain requirements are met – the council

Last December, the license of the south London music venue was revoked after two people were killed as fans without tickets tried to force their way in.

This Monday, the council held a two-day licensing hearing to decide if the facility should reopen.

During the hearing, the Met demanded that the venue be run by a different company.

Stronger entrances, new crowd management systems, more extensive risk assessments, a new ticketing system, a centralized control and command center, and new security and management are among the 77 standards that the stadium must meet.

Mahamed Hashi, the council’s cabinet member for safer communities, said the measures were “proposed at the hearing by (owners) AMG (Academy Music Group) to support their goal of regaining the venue’s licence so it can reopen, and making sure we never see another tragedy like the one there in December 2022.”

Rebecca Ikumelo, 33, of Newham, and Gaby Hutchinson, 23, of Gravesend in Kent, who worked as a security contractor at the event, perished in the crush on December 15, 2022, during a performance by Afrobeats musician Asake.

A third woman is still in critical condition at the hospital.

Dr. Hashi stated that the local government would continue to assist the Met’s continuing investigation into the incident.


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