Police drop form 696 that “stigmatised urban music scene”
The Metropolitan police has announced that it is to abolish a risk-assessment procedure which has been accused of “racially profiling urban music nights” and resulting in their promoters with excessive security conditions.
The risk assessment form was introduced in 2005 in response to shootings at nightclubs, however the process was criticised for unfairly stigmatising hip-hop, grime and drum and bass events and unfairly affecting specific communities.
Guidance from the Met recommended that venues and promoters complete the form when arranging events predominantly featuring DJs and MCs performing to a recorded backing track. Despite touting it as voluntary, it was a condition of licence for many London nightclubs & failure to complete the form could attract a fine.
“This decision will help London’s night time economy thrive“ tweeted Mayor Sadiq Khan shortly after the decision was announced.