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This is not a drill: OFB’s Academy gig is cancelled

13 December, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

A DRILL gig was cancelled in Islington this week after a police warning.

Bandokay and Double LZ, members of the OFB collective, were due to play a gig at the O2 Academy Islington, in Angel, on Wednesday.

The Met Police said: “Following intelligence received around potential for serious violence, police advice was given to the O2 Academy Islington in relation to a concert due to take place on the evening of Wednesday, 11 December.”

The venue took the decision to cancel the event, the Met said.

A Section 60 order – a controversial measure enabling officers to stop and search without need for suspicion – was authorised across parts of Camden and Islington until Thursday morning.

The Tribune understands this was because police have received information “a large number of gang members would be attending the event”. No arrests were made and no one was injured.

The act was described on the venue’s website as “London’s fastest-rising drill artists” with the event being “career-defining”.
Bandokay, real name Kemani, is the son of Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by police in 2011 triggering riots.

In an interview with the Guardian this year, OFB talked about how there was no help for them around where they grew up, and that music was the only way to making a living.

Bandokay said: “We’re switching it up, doing clean music and trying to get to the better side of everything.”

The Tribune contacted OFB’s booking agents and other routes of contact but had not received a response by the time of going to print.

The Academy did not want to add to the Met’s statement.

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