Bloc Festival

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Bloc Festival
GenreElectronic dance music, electro, hip hop, IDM, techno, house music, reggae, drum and bass and dubstep
Location(s)England
Years active2006-2016
WebsiteBloc website

Bloc Festival was an electronic music festival in England which began in 2006.[1] It was devoted to electronic music of all genres including electro, hip hop, IDM, techno, house music, reggae, drum and bass and dubstep, and incorporated both DJ sets and live shows.[2][3][4][5][6] Following a return of the festival in 2015, it was announced that the 2016 edition of the festival would be the last.[7]

History[edit]

2007 Pontin's Holiday Camp, Hemsby. Capacity: 2200.[8] Notable artists to perform were Autechre, Kool Keith, Basic Channel, Digital Mystikz & Robert Hood.[9]

2008 Pontin's Holiday Camp, Hemsby. Capacity: 2200.[10] Notable artists to perform were Karl Bartos, Amon Tobin, Juan Atkins, Phuture & Skream.[11]

2009 Butlin's Holiday Resort, Minehead. Capacity: 6400.[12] Notable artists to perform were Aphex Twin, Lee Scratch Perry, Afrika Bambaataa, Carl Craig, Modeselektor, Jamie Lidell, The Future Sound of London & Egyptian Lover.[13]

2010 Butlin's Holiday Resort, Minehead. Capacity: 6400.[14] Notable artists to perform were Autechre, Salt n Pepa, Boy Better Know, Flying Lotus, Grandmaster Flash, Mixmaster Mike, Roots Manuva Derrick May & Adam Beyer.[15]

2011 Butlin's Holiday Resort, Minehead. Capacity: 6400.[16] Notable artists to perform were Aphex Twin, Moderat, Apparat, Four Tet, Jamie xx, Laurent Garnier, LFO, & A Guy Called Gerald.[17]

2012 London Pleasure Gardens, London - Cancelled.[18]

On Friday 6 July 2012, organisers took the decision to cancel and evacuate the festival during its first night due to 'crowd safety concerns'.[19] Notable artists who had been billed to perform were Snoop Dogg, Orbital, Richie Hawtin, Nicolas Jaar, Jeff Mills, Ricardo Villalobos, Gary Numan, Flying Lotus, MF Doom & Battles.[20]

2013 - 2019 Autumn Street, London.

Bloc announces a series of events in East London. This marked a departure from the previous model of staging events at venues operated by a third party. The venue is an ex-industrial building on Autumn Street in Hackney Wick. Bloc and associated events continue to be held at this location and in October 2014 it was announced that this venue was to be renamed 'Bloc'.[21]

2015 Butlin's Holiday Resort, Minehead. Capacity: 6400.

On 15 October 2014, it was announced that the festival would return to Butlins Minehead on 13–15 March 2015.[22] Notable artists to perform were Jon Hopkins, Ben Klock, Jackmaster, ESG & DJ Pierre, Jeff Mills, Marcel Dettmann, & Moodymann.[23]

2016 Butlin's Holiday Resort, Minehead. Capacity: 7000 [24] . Notable artists to perform were Thom Yorke, Andrew Weatherall, Four Tet, Jeff Mills, Omar-S, Holly Herndon Goldie & Steve Davis.[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "REVIEW: BLOC, MINEHEAD 11-13 MARCH 2011".
  2. ^ Hancox, Dan (11 March 2016). "The Tumultuous True Story of Bloc Festival". The Fader. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Bloc festival organisers row over 'dull hipsters'". BBC. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  4. ^ Quinn, Ben (6 July 2012). "Bloc Weekend shut down amid chaotic scenes". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  5. ^ Gamp, Joe (10 February 2016). "Bloc Weekend shut down amid chaotic scenes". NME. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  6. ^ Paine, Andre (9 July 2012). "'Worst festival ever': two-day Bloc 2012 is shut down as overcrowding turns into calamity". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  7. ^ Coultate, Aaron. "Bloc festival to end after 2016 edition". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  8. ^ "BLOC weekend 2007".
  9. ^ "BLOC weekend 2007 full lineup".
  10. ^ "BLOC weekend 2008".
  11. ^ "BLOC weekend 2008 full lineup".
  12. ^ "BLOC weekend 2009".
  13. ^ "BLOC weekend 2009 full lineup".
  14. ^ "BLOC weekend 2010".
  15. ^ "BLOC weekend 2010 full lineup".
  16. ^ "BLOC weekend 2011".
  17. ^ "BLOC weekend 2011 full lineup".
  18. ^ "BLOC weekend - CANCELLED 2012".
  19. ^ Quinn, Ben (7 July 2012). "Bloc Weekend shut down amid chaotic scenes". The Guardian.
  20. ^ "BLOC weekend 2007 full lineup".
  21. ^ "Bloc renames its Autumn Street Studios venue as... Bloc - FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music". 28 October 2014.
  22. ^ "BLOC weekend 2015 line-up and rumours - eFestivals.co.uk". www.efestivals.co.uk.
  23. ^ "BLOC weekend 2015 full lineup".
  24. ^ "BLOC weekend 2016".
  25. ^ "BLOC weekend 2016 full lineup".

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