UK DOCUMENTARY: FORM 696 – THE POLICE VERSES GRIME MUSIC

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Noisey presents a new documentary about London’s grime scene and its relationship with the police hosted by JME and featuring Meridian Dan, Jammer and Big Narstie.

In February, Just Jam’s event at The Barbican was cancelled at the last minute. It was an event that seemed to be yet another victim of the London authorities now notorious risk assessment procedure, Form 696. 

Told through the eyes of Jamie Adenuga—grime outfit Boy Better Know’s tee-total, vegan frontman who was booked to perform at the Barbican—Noisey investigates what the reasons behind the sudden cancellation were. He speaks to lawyers, journalists and fellow artists like Jammer, Meridian Dan and Big Narstie to find out whether the prohibiting of grime music events by London police is a cause for concern, rather than a solution to crime in the capital.

‘Told through the eyes of Jamie Adenuga—grime outfit Boy Better Know’s tee-total, vegan frontman who was booked to perform at the Barbican—Noisey investigates what the reasons behind the sudden cancellation were.’ 

It doesn’t take an investigation to figure out the one reason behind the cancellation. Let’s all just stop living in denial here and treading lightly around this issue.

I totally agree with writer Elizabeth Pears. I too remember going to various clubs in the 90s / early noughties and when the odd incident occurred involving a small minority of idiots within the black community, I knew then that eventually our events in the capital would slowly disappear. And that is exactly what happened.

The police, promoters, artists and venues need to work together but sadly I don’t ever see this happening because the police have their own agenda.

Really, the title of this documentary should actually be ‘The Police Verses The Black Community’ because this is clearly about RACE.

Your thoughts please….

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2 replies »

  1. The funny thing is grime events are mostly attended by middle class white kids nowadays anyway. I honestly don’t remember the last time I went to an event with a majoritivly black crowd and saw an argument to be honest but it just depends on the crowd.

    Funnily enough the last time I went to a grime night it was in the bar/basement of a 5* star london hotel.

    But as a whole we need to do more about this blatant discrimination, surely this can easily be taken to the high courts for racial discrimination?

  2. I know the grime event in Camden featured in the documentary most Caucasians in the audience.

    I think it can be taken to the high courts. I doubt any of the black artists here will challenge it though.

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