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Half of UK population say form 696 is discriminatory

48% of Britons believe the risk-assessment form unfairly targets certain events, reveals TM's new State of Play report, which also explores the political impact of grime

By Jon Chapple on 11 Oct 2017

Stormzy, State of Play: Grime

Stormzy is Britain's most-streamed grime act

image © Wired PR

Controversial risk-assessment document form 696 has been thrust into the spotlight once more after a survey revealed almost half the British general public thinks the form is discriminatory against those forced to complete it.

New data released today by Ticketmaster shows 48% of those polled – a “nationally representative” sample of the British population – think the form is discriminatory because it only applies to certain events. Culture minister Matt Hancock and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, are among those to have called for a review of form 696, which is used by London’s Metropolitan police to determine the potential level of risk involved in events where a DJ or MC is using a backing track.

Critics accuse the form – which asks for a description of the style of music and target audience, and is a requirement for promoters and licensees of events to complete 14 days before the event – of being anti-grime and urban music, as it as it disproportionally affects promoters of those shows.

The findings form part of Ticketmaster’s State of Play: Grime report, which follows similar investigations by the ticketing company into other sectors of the live industry, including theatre, comedy and dance music. The study, produced by Ticketmaster’s LiveAnalytics division in partnership with Disrupt and the University of Westminster’s black music research unit, is described as the “first comprehensive and academic study into public attitudes to grime and its political impact”.

Other findings of the report include:

  • Most grime fans tend to purchase concert tickets closer to the event date, although this began to shift towards earlier purchasing in 2017
  • Respondents are willing to spend more on tickets than they are currently spending on Ticketmaster, with 17% suggesting they’d be willing to spend £100+ on grime shows
  • 58% of grime fans voted for Labour in the last election, with one in four (24%) saying the #Grime4Corbyn campaign influenced their vote
  • Of those surveyed, grime fans have a higher affinity with theatre (55%) than hip-hop (45%)
  • Streams of grime music on Spotify have more than doubled in one year (from 89 million streams in 2016 to 206m streams in 2017). The most streamed was Stormzy, with Skepta in second place and Dizzee Rascal in third

Ticketmaster UK manager director Andrew Parsons comments: “This year’s State of Play report was especially exciting for us, as here at Ticketmaster we have witnessed firsthand the extraordinary rise of grime music from the increase in ticket sales for grime events. We partnered with Disrupt Creative and University of Westminster and set out to create the first set of granular data around grime and quantify its incredible popularity and influence in culture.”

“Grime is one of the great music genres to come out of London, and with international talent like Skepta as well as rising stars like Nadia Rose bringing grime to the world stage, it is little wonder this grassroots music movement is now becoming a huge part of mainstream culture,” adds London’s night czar, Amy Lamé. “At city hall, we are doing everything we can to safeguard grassroots music, showing the world that London is open to talent and creativity.

“As well as setting out measures to promote busking and protect grassroots music venues, we’ve made it clear that form 696 shouldn’t compromise the capital’s vibrant music industry or unfairly target one community or music genre. That is why we are working with the Met and London’s promoters, venues and artists to make sure London’s legendary music scene is the best and safest in the world.”


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