THE METROPOLITAN Police’s risk assessment form 696, which required promoters and venue owners to supply artistes’ personal details and audience racial profiles before a show, has been scrapped.
Introduced in 2005 following a spate of shootings at club nights in London (see LIVE UK issue 69), the form allowed police to check if artistes, promoters or and certain types of audiences might potentially be involved in violent incidents, and was used only for events with DJs and MCs.
However, the assessment regularly attracted criticism due to the nature of the information required, including artistes’ names, addresses and dates-of-birth, as well as the music genre and audience’s ethnic make-up, resulting in amendments in 2009.
“It is clear that in recent years the landscape of the night time economy in London has changed and thankfully we have seen a reduction in serious incidents at promoted music events, particularly those involving firearms,” says Met superintendent Roy Smith.
“We have taken the decision to remove form 696 and instead develop a new voluntary partnership approach for venues and promoters across London.”
Industry umbrella group UK Music has long campaigned for the form to be dropped, claiming it unfairly discriminated against events featuring genres such as grime and garage.
“It was an unpopular restriction on our diverse and vibrant music scene,” says UK Music CEO Michael Dugher.