London mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled comedian and activist Amy Lamé as London’s new Night Czar. The roll will oversee London’s development into a 24-hour city alongside the challenge of protecting longstanding culture associated with the city’s nightlife.
Lamé, 45, will work with police, businesses and other bodies to help shape the future of the Capital’s nightlife. The former mayoress of Camden is tasked with reversing a trend of negativity as reports suggest 50% of nightclubs and 40% of live music venues have closed in London over the past eight years.
The newly appointed Night Czar has marked out reducing the number of live venue and nightclub closures as her main priority in the role. Talking to Music Week Lamé said: “It’s probably the greatest issue that people have brought up in terms of what’s affecting London nightlife. I’m making it a total priority. I will be bringing my wealth of knowledge of running a club and being a part of the campaign to save the Royal Vauxhall Tavern to the role and carrying that across the rest of the capital. One of the big challenges I’ll have as night czar is to stem that flow, but it’s a challenge I’m fit and ready to fight for.”
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Sadiq Khan expressed that the saving of clubs and venues is integral to London reaming a creative hub. He said: “Think about all the great artists not being inspired because of clubs and venues closing down.”
Earlier in September, iconic clubbing instruction Fabric had its licence revoked by Islington Council following review. A campaign to reinstate the club’s licence has been launched.
Words by Elliot Ryder
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