Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that Amy Lamé will become the capital’s first ever ‘Night Czar’, tasked with reviving the city’s flagging club scene.
The comedian, who hails from New Jersey, has lived in London since 1992. She was Mayor of Camden from 2010 to 2011 and co-presented Danny Baker’s BBC London radio show for over a decade.
‘I can’t wait to hit the streets and I have loads of ideas of what I can do for revellers, night-time workers, businesses and stakeholders,’ said Lamé.
She’s no stranger to the city’s club scene either: in 1995, Lamé co-founded Duckie, a cult queer performance and club night. She also lead the campaign to protect legendary LGBTQ venue Vauxhall Tavern.
‘With the event of the Night Tube, and the Mayor’s commitment to protect iconic venues across the city, I’m confident that I can inspire a positive change in the way people think about the night-time economy,’ the comedian added.
Lamé will consult with businesses, workers, club-goers and residents at monthly ‘night surgeries’ to shape her action plan for reviving the city’s nightlife.
The 2.5 days per week Night Czar position – which commands a £35,000 salary – was created by the Mayor of London following a spate of club and pub closures in the city, most recently Fabric.
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