Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Form 696

(An example of live music being enjoyed freely!)

This isn't the name of a new band, this is the form London's music venues now have to fill out as part of a risk assessment procedure for live events in London at the request of the Metropolitan police.

The long and short of it is the music organisers have to fill out 4 pages of info 14 days before the event takes place including the type of music to be played and names, aliases, phone numbers, addresses of performers and the ethnic background of the likely audience. This law would permit the police to ban any live music if they fail to receive personal details from the performers 14 days in advance. Does all this sound right to you?

There's a very interesting article on the Guardian website and if like me, you love live music and your freedom to enjoy it, I strongly recommend you click and read.

Click here for the No 10 petition (you must be a British citizen or resident to sign) and there's Facebook group you can join if you want to try to do something about this.

Some other articles about Form 696:

The Independent
The Register

BBC 6 Music

**UPDATE- As soon as I published this blog, the link disappeared to the number 10 petition. So anyway, if you'd like to sign it, just google "number 10 open petition Form 696".**

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