April 25, 2003 12:46

OCEAN OF CALM

The collective's first show in 18 months passes off peacefully...

OCEAN OF CALM
SO SOLID CREW performed together for the first time in 18 months last night (April 24) at an anti-gun show in LONDON - with security measures more akin to an airport, not a gig.

Fans arriving at Hackney Ocean were met with a 'no search, no entry' policy. They had to pass through metal detectors and allow full body and bag searches. There was a large police presence too, partly in reaction to the shooting at Turnmills nightclub in east London earlier this week. One man was shot and wounded inside the club, while another was shot dead outside at an Easter party in the early hours of Monday morning (April 21). So Solid’s Lisa Maffia had been due to perform at Turnmills but cancelled at the eleventh hour.

Last night’s event passed off peacefully.

"I come here quite often and the security is a bit over the top tonight," fan Eddie Uku told NME.COM. "But you can get one or two haters in there and it can all blow up. So Solid are
a big act and they need to have all this security."

The show was part of the Disarm series of gigs taking place in London last night aimed at turning young people away from gun crime.

The ten government-sponsored events featured a variety of acts including Mica Paris, Heartless Crew, Omar and Keith Sweat.

So Solid Crew have a loaded history. Two people were shot at their show at the London Astoria in October 2001. Member Asher D served seven months in prison for firearms offences last year and two other members of the collective, Kaish and G-Man, are in custody awaiting trial on firearms and drugs charges.

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