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Coalition Talent and Ministry of Sound join forces

Dolby Atmos  in action at Ministry of Sound

Dolby Atmos in action at Ministry of Sound. Photo by Ministry of Sound Group Limited

Coalition Talent, the London-based live booking and entertainment agency for DJs, live acts and celebrities, has announced a wide-ranging joint venture agreement with Ministry of Sound, the global events and entertainment specialist.

This new initiative will see the two companies partnering to share their resources and expertise. Together they will develop and implement a range of new live events and brand partnerships, with the Ministry of Sound events team relocating to Coalition Talent’s central London offices.

Guy Robinson, CEO of Coalition Talent, said: “I couldn’t be more proud to enter into this joint venture with Ministry of Sound. This iconic brand has been a huge part of my journey in the music industry, from working with them on talent through to more than a few lost nights at the club!

“We look forward to welcoming the Ministry of Sound events staff into our brilliant team here at Coalition; our joint focus will be to maximise opportunities for their current offering, and develop additional products to reach new markets, as well as more extensive partnerships with touring DJs and live artists.”

Live events and new markets

Coalition Talent has a portfolio that includes Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw, Pixie Lott, Charli XCX (DJ bookings) and Trevor Nelson, and has been expanding its offering in recent times to focus on building entertainment brands.

Recent projects have included ‘Coffee House Sessions’, ‘Pure Music Live’ – and a joint venture with BBC Radio Two presenter Sara Cox – and the successful ‘Just Can’t Get Enough 80s’ club night.   

A London-based company, Ministry of Sound’s operations include a nightclub, worldwide events, music publishing business and fitness studio.

Jonathan Bevan, CEO of Ministry of Sound, commented: “We are delighted to be launching this new partnership. Ministry’s brands and reputation coupled with Coalition’s talent relationships, expertise and the newly expanded team will deliver a whole new range of world-class music events.”

Brits fear to attend public events, report says

Four in ten people fear for their safety at public events like music concerts and Christmas markets,  new research has found.

In the wake of recent terror attacks, a new research has found that these worries are so high for some people that it’s preventing them from attending public events altogether.

ATG Access, the manufacturer of bollards, road blockers and vehicle barrier systems, conducted the research as it wanted to help councils, town planners, and event organisers gain an insight into public opinions on the growing trend of multi-functional public spaces.

The study was part of ATG Access’ ‘Protecting the future of multifunctional cities’ report, which looks at how cities in the UK are being transformed into bustling multi-functional spaces, and the obstacles that are preventing public events from taking place.

Key findings

ATG Access asked 1,000 members of the public about the local events that take place where they live, the impact these activities have on their city or town, and the obstacles and barriers that can prevent events from taking place, such as security concerns.

According to the report, 29 per cent of the public said they now won’t go to large events taking place in the UK, due to concerns about the levels of security in place.

Two fifths (41%) of people also said they now won’t attend events if they think they will be overcrowded, through fear that it would be harder to leave if an incident was to happen.

Residents in London and the West Midlands are most worried about event safety, with 46% of people in each region expressing this concern.

The fear is also echoed in the North West (42%) – where attacks have recently taken place – and in Northern Ireland (41%) and Scotland (37%).

Concerns around overcrowding are at the highest in the East Midlands (57%), followed by London (46%), the South East (46%), Wales (44%) and Yorkshire and the Humber (40%).

ATG Event security

Security can be tackled by deploying more security personnel on the ground or with physical security solutions

Protect multifunctional cities

Commenting on the report, Gavin Hepburn, sales and marketing director at ATG Access, explained: “While there are numerous benefits to hosting events, there are of course some concerns that need addressing. Unfortunately, the worries around security come as little surprise given the increased number of terrorist attacks we have seen on our streets over recent years, with busy areas and tourist attractions often becoming the targets.”

Hepburn said reservations around overcrowding are also connected to this, due to the increased difficulties of monitoring hundreds if not thousands of people in one busy area at the same time.

These worries must be considered by event organisers when planning out the venue, entrance points and layout of the location to make sure that visitors can enjoy the event comfortably,” Hepburn said.

Hepburn pointed out that robust security measures should be put in place at all major events to mitigate against potential attacks and create a greater sense of safety for visitors.

This could be through deploying more security personnel on the ground or installing physical security solutions, such as bollards or barriers.

“Ultimately, if people don’t feel safe at events, they may choose not to attend – and this would prevent cities and towns from developing into truly multifunctional spaces that can be used by all,” added Hepburn.

The ATG exec said both the government and organisers play a part in making events safe.

The full report is available to download from ATG Access website.

A Greener Festival wins Green Apple award

DGTL Festival 2017

Photo credit DGTL Festival 2017

A Greener Festival, the not for profit organisation committed to helping festivals and events to minimise their environmental impact, has won the Green Apple Environment Award.

AGF competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, which was presented at the Houses of Parliament, London.

Over the last decade, AGF has assessed and accredited more than 400 festivals worldwide including Glastonbury Festival (UK), Roskilde Festival (DK), Bonnaroo (US) and Falls Festival (AU).

Environmental awareness

The AGF team has delivered sustainable event training for professionals all over Europe, and on 6 March 2018 in London will deliver the 10 Green Events and Innovations Conference in partnership with the International Live Music Conference.

Last year AGF launched the Greener Event Award to assess, advise and accredit events of all kinds.

We are over the moon to receive this prestigious award and are humbled that The Green Organisation chose AGF as a winner,” Claire O’Neill, A Greener Festival co-founder commented. “Huge thanks go to all our assessors, supporters, and the events we have worked with. It is also warming to see that a donation has been made to the Green Earth Appeal on our behalf.”

Small Stage Mandala Festival

Small Stage Mandala Festival. Photo credit Bosse Zaal

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and had become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

Beat The Streets launches in Nottingham

The community of Nottingham will come together for Beat The Streets, a new charity festival to be staged on Sunday 28 January 2018.

The project launches to raise funds to tackle the growing homelessness crisis in the city. Beat The Streets is being delivered by DHP Family in collaboration with local organisations and music groups including I’m Not from London; Farmyard Records; Hockley Hustle and Rough Trade.

More than 80 national and local acts are confirmed to play across over 10 stages in venues across the city centre.

Rock City, Rescue Rooms, The Bodega and Stealth are among the first wave of venues confirmed as taking part and will also be donating their proceeds from the bar take on the day.

Organisers have reported that donations are coming in thick and fast for Beat the Streets. Within a few hours, the event’s JustGiving page had accepted more than £1,200 in donations from the participating music venues, in addition to the revenue raised from the hundreds of tickets sold to date.

DHP’s George Akins, commented: “It is increasingly evident that we have a growing problem once again with homelessness in the city with many people reaching crisis point. The aim with Beat the Streets is to make it a force for positive change, using music to bring together the people of Nottingham to raise funds to help make a difference where it is so desperately needed.”

George Akins

DHP Family owner George Akins

Charity festival

With rough sleeping in the city at an all-time high, the Beat the Streets team is calling on the community of Nottingham to get behind the event. They are on the lookout for more collaborators from the worlds of music, art & design, food, and business, as well as urging people to buy a ticket with all proceeds being donated to the charity.

“We are experiencing record numbers of rough sleeping across the country. In Nottingham we have recently found 49 people sleeping out on one night, which stands at the highest number since our count began,” explained Jason Marriott, manager of Framework’s Street Outreach Team.

Marriott said that despite a great effort between charities and the City Council to assist people who are street homeless the problem is growing.

“Without more preventative help in place and a boost of intensive support when making a transition off the streets, those who end up rough sleeping have a reduced chance of making successful journeys away from them. At Framework, we work hard to provide this help for people in danger or rough sleeping and experiencing it but the winter is a particular time for concern as the number of people living outside increases, our resources are stretched and risk of death increases due to severe weather conditions.”

Live music to the rescue

Local music promoter Will Robinson, I’m Not From London, is putting his weight behind Beat the Streets. “I’m a music lover and I also like to help out community causes and this is a great way of raising money for people who really need it and at the same time giving local bands a big stage to showcase their music. Beat the Streets will be an extremely enjoyable way to kick those January blues away and spread the message of love and support for people who don’t have the luxury and security of a roof over their head.“

Bodega
Rock City will be one of the Beat the Street venues
Pic courtesy of Framework

Over 10 venues have joined forces to stage Beat The Streets on Sunday 28 January 2018

Sam Allison, Rough Trade, decided to get involved after seeing firsthand the homelessness crisis getting worse with more rough sleepers out on the streets of Hockley particularly at night time.

“It’s not nice seeing people in that way and everything you can do to help might make a difference. As part of the thriving music community in Nottingham, we want to lead the charge to help make things better for these people. I’m excited to see how many people in Nottingham come together to help an important goal for the city.”

No stranger to staging music charity events himself, Tommy Farmyard, the organiser behind Hockley Hustle, is the third collaborator who will be supporting the festival.

“It would be great if with Beat the Streets and other events, we can raise money year on year to eradicate rough sleeping in Nottingham and beyond. I’m looking forward to collaborating with fellow promoters to showcase some brilliant Nottingham music.”

Also on board is Stories of the Streets, the photographic project led by University of Nottingham students which conveys images of homelessness from the perspective of people in Nottingham experiencing it firsthand. The photographs and stories behind them will be on display during Beat the Streets.

Ben Rawson, Stories of the Streets, said: “The homelessness crisis in Nottingham is terrible and set to get worse and it’s getting colder. It’s a crisis we should all be empathetic towards too; with the reality, then anyone can find themselves homeless.”

Line-up

On Sunday 28 January 2018, over 80 national and local musicians will play across more than ten stages in Nottingham, including Rock City, Rock City Basement, Black Cherry Lounge, Rescue Rooms, Red Room, Rescue Rooms Bar, Stealth rooms 1 & 2, The Bodega and The Bodega Bar.

The Beat the Streets team are working flat out to pull together an amazing line-up of artists both from Nottingham and further afield with the first announcement expected to be made very soon.

“The wholehearted commitment of the Beat the Streets team to make a substantial difference to the lives of the most vulnerable homeless people in Nottingham is inspiring,” explained Framework fundraising manager Chris Senior. “We hope people will be equally inspired to turn out in large numbers to support this magnificent initiative: they can be sure of a great day and of doing good at the same time.”

Senior said Beat the Streets will be an “epic: event which raises substantial funds and awareness to address one of the most pressing social issues of our time. “There is no doubt it will make a tangible difference to the lives of people living on Nottingham’s streets and we at Framework are most grateful for this amazing support,” he concluded.

The money raised from Beat the Streets will go towards improving the effectiveness of Framework’s Street Outreach Team. This includes putting qualified social workers in place to start assessments on the streets, towards emergency accommodation to protect people in below zero conditions and towards resettlement workers who enable smooth transitions from the street to a tenancy.

Winter events warm up the festive season

Ice rink at Tower of London, powered by Arena Group

A wide range of winter events have launched across the UK and business is booming. With many of them being staged outdoor it’s clear that temporary structures are bucking the trend.

Canary Wharf was the first to tap into the winter season with the opening of an ice rink on 4 November, closely followed by Tower of London’s own ice skating site and bar on 17 November.

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, in Central London, offers what is deemed the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink plus attractions ranging from rides, circus, theatre, and food and drink. Next week will see Winterville, another pop-up town, open in Clapham Common (23 November).

Last but not least, Greenwich Winter Time Festival at Old Royal Naval College is set to open on 1 December. The Historic Royal Palaces will follow the trend with an ice rink in Hampton Court. It might open later in the season but it will be up and running until 7 January 2018.

Light festivals are also tapping into the winter events offering. Lumiere Durham stands out as the UK’s largest light festival featuring 29 artworks. The four-day event will close on 19 Monday and the organiser is bullish on attracting 200,000 people.

Other projects in this field include Hull City of Culture 2017. The culture company has announced a spectacular show with Where Do We Go From Here? In Cornwall, the Truro’s Festival of Lights will take the community to a lively parade, which is expected to attract 30,000 people.

Expert insight

Undoubtedly, the offer of winter events is plenty, largely staged outdoor, however, a significant share of the offering across the UK is indoor. The market is led by leisure centres, but other sporting facilities and venues are also picking up market share.

Access talked to Aggreko to get a business insight on winter events as a whole. The company provides specially designed power, heating and cooling to a wide variety of winter events, from snow sport events in remote locations like the X Games or Winter Olympics to Christmas events like Christmas markets, city centre ice rinks and light displays.

Kevin Brownhill, senior account manager, Aggreko Event Services, points out that the company also do contingency planning to ensure events meet the organisers’ and participants’ expectations. “We work to make sure that the events can run on time, without disruption, which might mean supporting winter events with temperature equipment to keep snow cold, or to warm the audience arena, support catering etc.”

Ice rink - Melbourne Federation Square

Ice rink at Melbourne Federation Square, powered by Aggreko

Aggreko boasts an extensive portfolio of projects. The company was appointed to light up ‘Luminocity’, the ice rink in Canary Wharf, last year, and has also provided power and chilling for Christmas ice rinks in Mexico and Chile.

“Being in the Southern Hemisphere and seeing temperatures rise to around 20 degrees Celsius in December, artificial cooling is a priority here and any disruptions to power or chilling would inevitably result in these rinks disappearing very quickly,” Brownhill said, adding that Aggreko also supports global arenas hosting ice hockey tournaments, often having to freeze the pitch and melt and dismantle it within very narrow time constraints.

Brownhill pointed out the importance of planning. “Christmas events draw big numbers and ensuring reliability is key. Melting ice rinks and failing lights are not good for an event’s reputation and maintaining high footfall throughout the season. Incorporating efficient, tailored systems and taking steps to protect reliability help to mitigate these risks.”

The collaboration between organiser and supplier is paramount. Brownhill suggested that working as far in advance as possible will benefit the delivery of the overall event, particularly on new events or in new locations where the risks are not yet identified.

“We can be very creative in finding solutions to problems, whether that be limited space or meeting specific noise and emission regulations for example,” Brownhill said. “Planning ahead and implementing contingency plans is vital to avoiding disruption to spectators and families enjoying seasonal events,” he concluded.

TRNSMT takes two weekends in 2018

TRNSMIT festival

Biffy Clyro performing at TRSMT 2017. Photo as seen on Facebook

TRNSMT, Scotland’s newest music festival, will return to Glasgow for its second outing in 2018. The non-camping event will be staged in Glasgow Green over two consecutive weekends.

In 2018, TRNSMT will take place from 29 June to 1 July with two shows taking place the following weekend over 6-8 July.

The festival is organised by DF Concert, the same company behind T in the Park.

Geoff Ellis, CEO of DF Concerts, has said the expansion will allow the organiser to bring even more international artists to Glasgow Green and will position the event “at the heart of the Scottish music calendar”.

The line-up for both weekends will be announced in due course alongside additional features to the festival.

In its inaugural year, TRNSMT 2017 attracted 120,000 music fans to Glasgow Green. The lineup featured acts by Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro.

Winterville brings alternative experience to Clapham

The organiser of the pop-up town Winterville is full steam ahead with the finishing touches of the opening of the 40-day event on 23 November.

Deemed London’s alternative festive experience, Winterville 2017 is brought to life by the teams behind Field Day and Street Feast. The project also boasts key partners including Backyard Cinema, Plonk Golf, Clapham’s first-ever Ice Rink, Twisted Wheels Roller Disco and Wasted Chic Christmas Market.

There will be free and ticketed performances staged at the Spiegeltent. The lineup includes Sink The Pink, Mexican Wrestling, Guilty Pleasures, South London Soul Train, to name but a few.

Specialist in children events have also come on board Winterville 2017:

  • Big Fish Little Fish: a creative and exciting music and dance party for the post-rave generation of parents and kids.
  • Skewbald: arts colective that makes vibrant and playful  theatre that seeks to inspire, engage and challenge the imaginations of our audience, presents a live adaptation of Mimi & The Snow Dragon from War Horse creator Michael Morpurgo. The show has beend esceribed as a musical puppetry adventure for anyone who loves snow, dragons and stories.
  • Tea Dance for Little People: a social enterprise providing exciting, creative play experiences for families with young children will stage an immersive experience called World Beyond The Wardrobe.
  • Winterville’s in-house events team will stage a Santa’s Workshop.

Outdoor entertainment

The Street Feast area comprises some of London’s best street food traders including Up In My Grill, Mother Clucker, Petare, and SE Cakery.

The Spiegeltent will host free entertainment including an opening weekend set from Norman Jay MBE and free shows from Guilty Pleasures, Ultimate Power, South London Soul Train, R&She with All Saint Mel Blatt, Gin & Juice, Indeedy Musical Bingo and the Winterville Orchestra & Choir.

Yoga On Ice is making its Winterville debut this year. The organiser explained that the new addition provides “a unique yoga experience featuring an hour of fun, heart-warming flow, goodie bags and an experience you’ll never forget!”

Yoga On Ice is a collaboration between Winterville and Aux Alpes, a pop-up yoga company from the French Alps.

Team behind Hull 2017 to continue in business

Installation by artist Zolst Balogh in Queen Victoria Square, part of the Made in Hull series marking the official opening of Hull’s tenure as UK City of Culture.

The organisation set up to deliver Hull UK City of Culture 2017 will carry on as a permanent national arts company based in the city. The brand name for the culture company is yet to be announced.

Building on the success of Hull 2017, the culture company will continue to commissioning world-class arts aimed at residents and visitors.

Live outdoor events will play a key role for the new business model, and the team has committed to work strategically with partners inside the city and across the UK to cement Hull’s reputation as a centre for culture and creativity.

Martin Green, director of Hull 2017, explained: “We want to capitalise on the knowledge and expertise gained as culture company, supporting city efforts to help ensure a lasting cultural legacy for Hull, as well as helping to embed culture into policymaking for cities.

“The acknowledged success of Hull being UK City of Culture is the result of many partners, organisationally and individually coming together and this collective energy will remain critical to ensuring a meaningful cultural legacy. Over the next weeks and months we will be embarking on conversations with people across the city to inform the development of the company and its work.”

Live events for the city

The organisation will develop a 20-year legacy plan across three phases, as set out in Hull City Council’s Cultural Strategy, supporting the delivery of the city’s £250 million legacy plan to improve Hull’s culture and visitor infrastructure.

Stepping into 2018 is “Where Do We Go from Here?”. The new outdoor event will run from 1 December to 7 January 2018 featuring a choreographed robotic light installation by award-winning art collective Jason Bruges Studio.

The event will use a specially choreographed interplay of light, shadow and sound to guide people through Hull’s Old Town. It will encourage people to explore the city’s streets at night as dormant robots awaken, responding to the city’s architecture, interacting with one another and with Hull’s residents and visitors.

Where Do We Go from Here? helps kick offs Substance, a series of events, installations and provocations taking place in the first week of December celebrating and reflecting on Hull and the north as a cultural powerhouse for the nation. More details about Substance will be announced shortly.

Render: New event Where Do We Go from Here? to open from 1 December-7 January 2018

 Business plan

The team behind the culture company has also revealed details of its business plan moving forward.

Phase one will take the company to the end of 2020 when Hull’s tenure as UK City of Culture concludes and it hands over to the next city.

During this phase the company will capitalise on the impact that Hull 2017 has already had on the city, including:

  • Developing a cultural programme ranging from high quality annual events to public art, as well as celebrating the city’s heritage;
  • Working alongside Hull City Council, Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme, the city’s cultural community and other partners to ensure Hull continues to grow as a place for artists to live and to work;
  • Following the success of Hull 2017 projects such as Land of Green Ginger and Back to Ours it will commission high-quality work that goes into communities;
  • Harness the knowledge, energy and enthusiasm of the 3,000 Hull 2017 volunteers to support events and become community activists across the city;
  • Develop the Hull 2017 learning programme to ensure that culture remains central to the lives of children and young people living in the city.

Events for 2018

The event programme has already started to take shape. James Graham’s play The Culture: A Farce in Two Acts, which will premiere at Hull Truck Theatre in 2018, has already been confirmed, whilst the popular Back to Ours festival is also set to return next year. Other programme announcements will be made in 2018.

Phase two, across ten years, will see the company develop its activities as a strategic cultural agency based in Hull, with a remit that encompasses the city, the North and the UK.

Recruitment has begun to appoint an executive director and programme director, which will report to a new board of trustees and build a smaller company that will deliver on the new vision for the organisation. It is hoped that appointments will be made by the end of the year.

The company has also said that over the next few weeks and months the public will have the opportunity to have their say on creating a cultural legacy for Hull.

 

Thekla: second noise assessment is crucial

DHP Family, the festival organiser and operator of live music venues in the UK, has confirmed its campaign to protect Thekla, the floating venue in Bristol Harbour.

Thekla is at risk of closure after Bristol City Council planners gave the go-ahead to a new residential development. The decision was made despite major concerns about the impact on the iconic venue.

There are fears the Thekla could be forced to close due to potential noise complaints from the Redcliffe Wharf flats if the developer fails to put in enough soundproofing to protect its residents.

Julie Tippins, head of compliance at DHP Family, told Access that a new noise development assessment should be carried out as the developer submitted to the authorities a report with significant flaws.

At the planning meeting (Wednesday 8 November), assurances were given by the developer that a new and more comprehensive noise assessment would be carried out.

However, despite DHP calling for the planning decision to be deferred until this had taken place, the developer was given the green light.

Thekla is now calling on its supporters to get behind the next stage of the #savethekla campaign to make sure all the commitments made by the developer to carry out a proper noise survey are honoured.

“We appeal to the developer to keep to their promise to work with us on a new noise survey and improved sound insulation scheme to protect Thekla and the future residents from noise problems,” commented Julie Tippins, head of compliance, DHP Family.

Tippins said the organiser expects the Council to follow up on the assurances and that the councillors will only give the go ahead once they were satisfied the Thekla would be protected from future noise complaints from residents of the development.

“This is certainly not the end of the fight to protect the Thekla as we have to ensure that all parties keep to the commitments they have given. We urge our supporters to contact their local councillors and MPs to ensure the Council does all it can to protect the future of the Thekla,” Tippins said.

DHP Family has said it is grateful for the support received so far to persuade the committee to consider the merits in our argument.

Thekla

Thekla owner DHP Family has reported yearly turnover of £1.7m and 115,000 footfall

Music business

DHP Family is deeply involved in the live music industry. Its business portfolio comprises festivals, tour promotion, band management and ticketing.

Rock City was DHP first launch, and has since added Rescue Rooms, Stealth and The Bodega in Nottingham, The Thekla in Bristol; Oslo in Hackney and relaunched Borderline in Soho and The Garage in Highbury in 2017. DHP also runs Manchester Cathedral’s music programme.

The business at Thekla is booming. The organiser has reported yearly turnover of £1.7m, and that its footfall is 115,000. The venue in Bristol employs 39 staff.

Data from Wish You Were Here 2017 – the latest research by UK Music – revealed the economic contribution of live music to the UK economy, in 2016.

The document showed music tourists visiting small venues in the UK generated £367m and £202m direct spend generated by music tourists visiting smaller venues.

The hospitality business provides nine per cent of UK employment, making it the third largest employer. The industry contributes to five per cent of the UK GDP.

Thekla, alongside live music venues and nightclubs, are part of an industry that makes one per cent of UK business sector, and generates £63bn turnover.

The hospitality industry has grown 605 per cent since 2010, and currently employs 1.6m people, an 18 per cent increase since 2010.

The UK Music research forecasted that the sector is set to create c.23,000 more jobs by 2020, and estimated a 5.5 per cent growth per annum, which will equate to £6bn more in GVA and £3bn more paid in taxes.

Commenting on the risk of closure Thekla is facing, Mark Davyd, Music Venue Trust, commented: “Sensible and adequately planned residential developments near to grassroots music venues like the Thekla mean that residents and music lovers can happily co-exist. That outcome starts at the planning application stage when a good developer recognises the cultural value of the existing music venue and takes steps to protect it.

“Recognising the existence of an iconic music venue like Thekla starts with a thorough environmental impact study that specifically understands the noise in the area. Properly understanding noise and activity result in great design for any refurbishment or new building, ensuring noise is managed and controlled.”

Form 696 axed

Dot Rotten performing at Bingley Music Live (September 2011). Photo by Man Alive!

The Form 696, a risk assessment document used by the Met Police, has been axed. The decision follows on from a consultation requested by the Mayor of London to review the controversial assessment used for live music events.

Form 696 was introduced in 2005 in response to a number of shootings at club nights across London.

The news has been well received by UK Music. The trade association led a long campaign in respond to claims from performers and promoters that Form 696 unfairly discriminated against events featuring some music genres like grime, garage and bashment.

UK Music CEO, Michael Dugher, said: “This is fantastic news. UK Music has campaigned to get rid of this unpopular restriction on our diverse and vibrant music scene.

“It’s great that Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé have listened to the concerns of the music industry. “We thank him for showing leadership on this important issue and ensuring that the London remains a world beater when it comes to our cultural music mix.”

Access understands that the Met will team up with partners from local authorities to appreciate the implication of this decision on venues that have the use of Form 696 as a condition for their licence. Work will also be on the impact on existing local licensing policies.