Like many people, we were dismayed when it was announced yesterday that Just Jam at the Barbican this Saturday, March 1 had been cancelled. The event organised by grime photographers Tim & Barry (above), which aimed to give much-needed mainstream exposure to grime artists like JME and Big Narstie (as well as Syrian singer Omar Souleyman), was mysteriously deemed to be a risk and was pulled ‘on the grounds of public safety following dialogue with the City of London Police’.
It’s difficult to remember the last time the Barbican had a problem with public order concerns of any sort, except maybe that day when the bar ran out of Pinot Grigio back in 2009. That almost got ugly.
So, to do our bit in helping sniff out trouble, here are five more gigs in London this week that ‘the man’ might want to keep an eye on…
Public order concerns due to risk of hysterical, weepy rampage by hyper-emotional fans during ‘Halo’.
Possibility of anarchist violence due to extreme political lyrical content of songs such as ‘Lost Generation’ (eg. ‘I smile, it keeps me sane / Reality TV is morphine’). Also risk of large numbers of people doing dissident dance move ‘The Hump’.
Her biggest hit claims ‘we always hang in a buffalo stance’. Large numbers of marauding buffalo are dangerous enough, even before you factor in any gang activity.
Risk of public order disruption due to celebration of Welsh culture on St David’s Day during the Six Nations.
No public order concerns. Carry on as you were.
Find out more about Just Jam.