Brixton Academy Is Closing – And More Than 100,000 Supporters Sign Petition to Save Famous Venue

Brixton Academy

More than 100,000 people sign a petition to save South London’s famous Brixton Academy from permanent closure.

In December 2022 Brixton Academy was forced to close due to safety concerns after two people died at a gig by Afrobeat artist Asake.

Following the unfortunate circumstances which also saw ten people hospitalized by the crowd crush, Lambeth council suspended the venue’s license for three months, pending an investigation and decision to reopen.  

Police support permanent closure

News of the possible closure spread like wildfire in April when Police urged Lambeth council to consider shutting the doors of the iconic venue indefinitely stating a lack of confidence in its operators to manage the safety of those in attendance.

This added fuel to a petition already in place to save the venue, which is now supported by over 100,000 signatures on

Stuart O’ Brien, the organizer of the petition, explains:

“What happened there was a tragedy, but caused by people. People without tickets, security taking back handers etc. Revoke the security firm’s license and bring in someone adequate and recommended by the police. Bring in new security procedures including crowd control to ensure a repeat doesn’t happen, but let’s not turn this venue into soulless flats as would more than likely happen in the event of permanent closure”.

Stuart adds that he’s personally been to hundreds of gigs in his lifetime, many of them at Brixton Academy and he’s have never once felt like safety was an issue.

“The loss of this venue would also have a devastating effect on the local economy”

For decades, Brixton Academy has been an iconic venue for music lovers across the globe. From hosting underground gigs to welcoming legendary musicians. The historic London institution has played a vital role in shaping the city’s vibrant music scene.

The history of Brixton Academy

South London’s Brixton Academy is a world-renowned music venue that’s hosted countless iconic performances since its opening in 1929. Originally designed as a cinema, it was transformed into a live music venue in the mid-1980s and quickly became an essential stop for touring musicians from around the globe.

The venue’s unique art deco architecture, cavernous interior and state-of-the-art sound systems make it an unforgettable experience for performers and fans. With a capacity of over 4,000 people, Brixton Academy provides an intimate setting for both emerging artists and established acts.

Over the years, Brixton Academy has become synonymous with legendary performances from some of the biggest names in music history. From Snoop Dogg to Nirvana and the Prodigy, countless other big acts who have graced its stage at one point or another.

Despite undergoing changes throughout its lifetime, such as being briefly closed down for refurbishment during World War II or moving through various owners over time, Brixton Academy remains one of London’s most beloved cultural landmarks.

Why Brixton Academy is important for musicians

Brixton Academy holds huge importance for musicians. It allows them to not only put on a great show, but also an opportunity to connect with music professionals and fans on an intimate level.

Without intervention, London risks losing a piece of its cultural heritage, which will have an effect on all those in the arts and entrainment industry.

Written by Ian Hinksman

Ian Hinksman is the co-founder of Underground Sound, an out-of-the-box writer, content creator and entrepreneur with a decade of experience in the music and events industries.

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