Pandora: McGee creates a storm over a form

He is the legendary music mogul behind such greats as Oasis, Teenage Fanclub and Primal Scream, and one of the industry's most influential voices. Now Creation Records' founder Alan McGee has lent his support to a campaign against legislation which critics say will pour cold water over the UK music industry.

Following news last week that music business campaigner and singer Feargal Sharkey was applying for a judicial review into Form 696, a piece of bureaucracy that forces music venues to register detailed information on their acts and the ethnic make-up of their audiences, McGee tells me that he's outraged at the extent of interference that the form could initiate.

"I think it's absolutely shocking that anyone is doing this – it reinforces racial stereotypes and creates a Big Brother state. What I worry about is the totalitarian aspect, people knowing what the likely audience will be. It's another step in the CCTV, fingerprint, eyeball scanning direction."

Of equal concern, he claims, is the assumption that audiences' race is relevant to security. "Why should they need to know the ethnic background? People's freedoms are being eroded. It's scary. No promoter is going to be able to predict their audience. They'll be forced to stereotype, say 'oh all black kids like hip-hop and white kids like rock' when really those aren't accurate.

"It's the absolute antithesis of rock'n'roll. It's outrageous."

Stars' dubious Dubai welcome

A lesson in how not to get good publicity from the world's most expensive holiday resort, the newly-opened Atlantis in Dubai.

The luxury hotel invited more than 100 high-profile guests to their extravagant four-day opening bash, including such showbiz luminaries such as Lily Allen, Agyness Deyn and Kylie Minogue.

Unfortunately, the jolly didn't extend to a free pass through Dubai's notorious airport security, where several stars were forced to endure a thorough strip-search before being allowed in.

Lily Allen, who last year was denied entry to the US following an alleged assault outside a London nightclub, was one of the lucky visitors told to drop their lower garments.

"It was so nice as soon as you arrive," she told reporters, with a wan smile. "It took more than an hour. It was really scary as they didn't tell you what they were doing, they just said, 'Take off trousers'."

It's certainly one way of grabbing the headlines – though perhaps not quite the ones Dubai's tourist bosses were hoping for.

Dame Viv not keen on biopic

After her strong castigation of "uncultured" government ministers last week, fashion industry doyenne Dame Vivienne Westwood appears to have since come over rather bashful.

The eccentric designer is rumored to be the subject of an upcoming biopic, reportedly starring Kate Winslet in the lead role.

Set over four decades, it has been billed as chronicling her rise to fame, from her punk roots in the 1970s to her status as an international icon today.

When I spoke to her at a recent cocktail party, however, Westwood played coy, telling me: "I'm not sure what's happening with that. Hopefully they will drop it."

The TV show that lived up to its name

Joining the queue of those eager to bash the BBC we have actor Warren Clarke, who tells me he is none too pleased with the Corporation's handling of his recent TV series, The Invisibles. "We worked our behinds off on that thing, we really did," he groans despondently. "And then the prats in charge at the BBC's scheduling department got it completely wrong." No wonder he's angry. The show went out on Thursdays at 9pm – and of course no one watches TV then. Do they?

Mute Davies in an awkward position

Mischief at the Police Review Awards, where a guest swapped name places leaving Tarique Ghaffur seated next to Tory maverick David Davies. Not long ago Davies, MP for Monmouth, attacked the Black Police Association for backing Ghaffur in his allegations of racial discrimination.

Davies confirms that conversation was stilted: "It caused me a sharp intake of breath. I decided that should the subject come up, I would exercise my right to silence."

Proprietor patrol for divine dining?

It's all hands on deck at Tom Aikens' swish Chelsea restaurant. Pandora spotted the chef touring the dining room of his eponymous eatery, checking all was satisfactory. A wise precaution given the unfortunate fate of his nearby chip shop – it was forced to close after complaints from locals about the smell.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: HR Manager

£36000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Ashdown Group: HR Manager Shared Services - Uxbridge, - 1 Year contract

£50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: HR Manager Shared Services - Uxbridge, Stock...

Recruitment Genius: Graduate Human Resource Officer and Executive Assistant

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join one of...

Ashdown Group: HR Assistant (Events business) - Central Manchester - £20K

£18000 - £20000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Assistant (Events busi...

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
11 best anti-ageing day creams

11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power