London event shut down before it could begin
Edward Keeble

14:36 25th February 2014

Just Jam at the Barbican has been shut down by the London Metropolitan police due to 'public safety concerns'.

The concert, which was due to take place this Saturday (1 March), was to play host to a cultural celebration of alternative cultural exploits. Acts due to play included Sophie, Loefah, Chunky, Big Narstie, Omar Souleyman, JME, Preditah, The Newham Generals and more. Run by Tim and Barry TV and the Just Jam art and music streaming channel, the event was at the forefront of the Barbican's programme of modern music. 

"It’s with great regret that we have to announce that the Just Jam event at the Barbican has been cancelled," organisers posted on the website. "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."

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"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."

This is not the first time that police have used their power to shut down grime events in advance, with previous gigs from grime MC Giggs being frequently shut down as well as the So Solid Crew.

Barbican would have submitted Form 696, a risk assessment paper that all promoters have to send to the police. After recieiving that information on the music that will be played, artists and demographics the metropolitan police have the right to shut down the event as they see fit. However this has resulted in accusations of racism and a targetting of certain music scenes as a whole. 

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