Police accused of discriminating against urban music scene

Heavy-handed police bureaucracy is unfairly targeting and discriminating against the urban music scene, according to agents, the body which represents the industry, and MPs.

At a recent major urban event at a mainstream live venue, organisers say that police insisted on searching 18 performers for weapons before they went on stage, as well as a group of young people on work experience organised by a charity.

The Metropolitan police‘s risk assessment of live urban music gigs is based on the ethnicity of the audience and artists, according to industry figures. Police can ask for strict safety measures to be put in place on the basis of this risk assessment, and can cancel gigs at short notic

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