Controversial form to be scrapped

The controversial live music amendment Form 696 - which some have branded racist - could be scrapped after recommendations by a government committee.

In the past the government has proved itself to be no friend of youth culture. Outdoor raves? That's enough of that, and you can stop all those repetitive beats while you're at it. However few rulings have gone as far as a recent form given to the police.

Form 696 is used by police to assess the risks of certain gigs, and as well as asking the type of music played at the show also demands to know the ethnicity of music fans likely to attend. Straight away the form ran into a storm of criticism, with fans obviously concerned that their shows would be shut down.

Sheffield maverick Jon 'The Reverend' McClure branded the form "racist" and immediately began protesting against its use. McClure argued, correctly in the view of ClashMusic, that ethnicity isn't directly linked and therefore shouldn't be on the form.

A new report by the government's Culture, Media And Sport Committee describes the form as "beyond the requirements" of the Licensing Act, and recommended that it be scrapped.

The report reads: "We are concerned at the linkage of live music and public order issues by the Licensing Act and its accompanying guidance, and we emphasise that music should not automatically be treated as a disruptive activity which will inevitably lead to nuisance and disorder.

"We therefore conclude that the Metropolitan Police's Form 696 goes beyond the requirements of both the act and its guidance to impose unreasonable conditions on events and that it should be scrapped."

"Form 696 goes beyond the requirements of the act itself and its use is in our view beyond even what the guidance accompanying the act suggests might be appropriate. We believe that Form 696 is indeed unreasonable."

"Such a form goes well beyond the requirements of the Licensing Act, and has a detrimental effect on the performance of live music. We recommend that Form 696 should be scrapped."

Jon McClure set up a petition to scrap the controversial form HERE. Speaking to the NME in the aftermath of the new he said "it proves we were right".

"Like we said at the time, if you're gonna stab someone you're going to to do it anyway. You can't clamp down on music as an excuse, it's like blaming reggae for making people smoke weed."

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