“We know there are disputes between gangs, and gangs have affiliations to certain promoters and venues,” Sergeant Strange told the South London Press.“We are taking steps to keep warring – and I don’t use the word lightly – factions apart,” he continued, “This has been a problematic club and the main reason is the type of music that is played . . . ‘bashment’. We know it attracts gang members.”
(via Gabriel Heatwave on twitter)
Let’s rewind that: “the main reason is the type of music that is played”.
Are we back to heavy metal albums forcing innocent kids to shoot themselves in the head? Really? It’s all down to the malevolent influence of the music, is it? So the most effective way of keeping gang violence under control is to control the music? How come that never applies when there’s trouble at football or the opening of an Ikea store? “It’s the mid-price flat pack furniture. We know it attracts knife-wielding headcases on the look out for a bargain.”
The article linked above is mainly about the inconvenience this caused to the goth/fetish club The Torture Garden which was using the same venue.
Which is a slightly odd collision for me – I have an honorary lifetime membership card for the Torture Garden somewhere (though I haven’t used it for about 15 years). Obviously it’s great that fetish clubs are no longer subject to intense police scrutiny, but I think it’s a bit short-sighted not to note the downside of a climate in which an entire musical genre can be criminalised and events banned. First they came for the bashment ravers…
This is simply yet another admission that the police are unable to maintain public order without resorting to blanket censorship and inconveniencing the majority of law-abiding club-goers.
Also this week: London venue Cargo warned off DJs from playing any Grime.
As first reported by Dan Hancox in Woofah issue 2, the Metropolitan Police’s notorious Form 696 has lead to quite a few events being shut down and general harassment of artists and promoters.