"We’re struggling to understand why this has happened..."
Just Jam

Located in one of London's true creative corners, the Barbican fuses challenging line ups with a commitment to working with the surrounding community.

Just Jam paired up with the Barbican, aiming to throw a party on March 5th. Ticket sales were strong, no doubt in part to a sterling line up which contained everyone from Mount Kimbie to grime kingpin JME, Swamp81 don Loefah to Chunky.

Sadly, it seems that co-operation with the City of London police has broken down. In a statement, Just Jam have confirmed that the event will now be called off.

It’s with great regret that we have to announce that the Just Jam event at the Barbican has been cancelled.

We wanted to put on an evening celebrating a diverse range of electronic music and art and are very disappointed that concerns raised by the City of London police mean that the event has been called off. We’re struggling to understand why this has happened and will try to start a dialogue with the police so we can discuss whatever issues they have with Just Jam at the Barbican.

The workshops we’ve recently ran with the Barbican in Fellows Court in Hackney have shown how the artists we work with can get young people from all backgrounds excited about making art and music, we hope to continue working on this and on other projects, with the Barbican in the future.

Sorry to disappoint ticket bookers, we had sold over 1000 tickets to the event and it was widely expected to sell out. All ticket holders will receive a full refund from the Barbican If you paid by credit or debit card the refund will be automatically credited to your account. If you paid by any other method you will receive a cheque.

Once again we would like to thank everyone who have been involved in this project. We have some very exciting projects coming up.

Watch this space #JUSTJAM

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City of London police have just issued a statement outlining the reasons behind the cancellation. Whilst emphasising that the final decision remained in the hands of the Barbican, the statement reads:

City of London Police understands the disappointment that people will have over the late cancellation of the proposed Just Jam event on 1st March but the force raised concerns regarding the management of the proposed event.

Officers expressed concerns based on a number of factors that could compromise the safety of people who planned to attend.

These included the fact that alcohol would be on sale at an event which would be allowing entry to anyone aged 16 or over.

Additionally, there were worries about the lack of adequate measures in place to address potential issues that might arise, including overcrowding if more people decided to attend than the venue could cater for.

Ultimately, after consultation the decision to cancel the event was taken by the Barbican as the venue.​​​​

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