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It’s because it’s hip-hop claim as benefit gig for law student is blocked

Gig for Nuno Cardoso moves to Shoreditch

04 January, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Nuno Cardoso

A BENEFIT gig for a university law student who died after being arrested by police has been switched from Camden Town “because it featured hip-hop acts”. Friends of Nuno Cardoso, from the Peckwater estate in Kentish Town, had sold tickets to the event, due to be held at Lock 17 tomorrow night (Friday).

With two days to go, police intervention forced organisers to try several other venues across Camden but they got the same response. They’ve now had to switch the night – headlined by Nuno’s cousin ‘Ambush’ – to Rich Mix in Shoreditch, east London. Nuno, 25, was arrested at his halls of residence at Ruskin College, Oxford, but suffered a “medical incident” in the police car, according to Thames Valley Police. He died hours later in hospital. Campaign group Inquest is backing Mr Cardoso’s family. Its lawyers have revealed he was restrained by police shortly before his death on November 24.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation. Lisa Tang-Yuk, mother of one of Nuno’s friends who lives in Kentish Town, said: “They had already been given the go-ahead [for the benefit]. . . they had made posters, sold tickets. But now they’ve suddenly been told they can’t do it – basically because it’s hip hop.”

Ms Tang-Yuk, whose father ran legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club for 30 years, added: “This event is going to be very professional. These young men want to put on a show to raise money for his funeral. It’s going to be positive, for everyone.” Nuno’s friends were told police had classed the event as “medium risk” after Lock 17 submitted what is known as a form 696.

The document – part of licensing conditions in Camden – means venues have to hand over information about performers and music genre details to police before an event can be given the all-clear. It is understood staff at the venue felt bound by the rules and have actively tried to help organisers find somewhere else to put on the show. Critics of the form 696 system say the Met repeatedly uses it to outlaw grime music events in particular. It has become a symbol of racial profiling and discrimination by the police, in the eyes of critics.

As a result, London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced in November that the forms would be scrapped because of concerns about how they had been used. They are still, however, technically in force across Camden, the council confirmed. A statement from the Met said: “We have taken the decision to remove the form 696 and instead develop a new voluntary partnership approach for venues and promoters across London.” The council said it was up to venues to fill out 696 forms and send them to police to be assessed before events took place.

A statement from Nuno’s friends about tomorrow’s show in Shoreditch from 7pm said: “All funds raised will be donated to Mr Cardoso’s family in order to give him a lovely send-off. The show has been receiving an incredible amount of support from Camden residents as well as Ambush’s fans.”

Representatives of Lock 17 were unavailable for comment.

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