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Thousands back campaign to save O2 Academy Brixton

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The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), Save Our Scene (SOS) and Brixton BID have revealed that over 10,000 representations have been sent to Lambeth Council to help save O2 Academy Brixton, following the launch of their campaign. 

O2 Academy Brixton has been under the threat of closure since a crowd crush at a gig resulted in the deaths of two people in December last year.

Last week, the NTIA, SOS and Brixton BID launched a campaign to save the venue, which has had its licence suspended since the incident. The Metropolitan Police has also previously called for Brixton Academy to have its licence revoked.

The campaign was launched on top of the petition to save the 2,315-capacity venue, which has garnered over 100,000 signatures.

Some 10,000 representations have already been submitted to the council as a result of the campaign, with the deadline for submissions closing at midnight tonight (Monday May 15).

The written representations will go towards a licensing review hearing, which is set to take place at a later date.

Michael Kill, chief executive of the NTIA, said: “The outcry from the music community has been extremely humbling, with over 10,000 responses in just a few days, this level of response really shows the emotional connection that this venue has with music fans across the UK and around the world.

“I have had hundreds of conversations with people on this campaign journey, across all walks of life, journalists, bankers, nurses, builders, baristas … some who have been to a show or planned to go to a show in the future or had shared an important life experience within it.

“The Brixton Academy is a huge part of the social and cultural economy within London and the UK, and is without doubt one of the landmark performance spaces in the world.”