The Bloc Weekend lineup has been getting increasingly stellar for the past few months now. If you don’t already know (how though?), Bloc is a yearly festival of the biggest, newest and weirdest electronic music around. It’s been going for a few years now at the much-loved Butlins in Minehead. And this year it’s coming home to the capital, arriving at London Pleasure Gardens, a vast new outdoor space in Docklands.
This year, Bloc is really pushing the boat out… or in. There are a few pretty special-sounding treats in store; here’s a quick rundown: MS Stubnitz, an 80-metre long converted Polish fishing vessel, will be used as a stage, promising ‘2,541 tonnes of ex-Communist nautical mayhem’. Sort-of rave legend Ceephax Acid Crew is curating an arena made out of an actual fairground waltzer, with Ray Keith and Nathan Fake playing in the centre. The London Pleasure Gardens site itself is a 60,000 square metre chunk of Docklands that has been kitted out with, among other things, an acoustically treated geodesic dome that will feature DJs performing in the round, and a main stage billed as a ‘monolithic auditorium’ that will be focussed on providing an other-wordly audio-visual experience. Presumably this means ‘lots of lasers’.
Combine this level of high concept craziness with a lineup that includes Snoop Dogg, Orbital, Flying Lotus, Squarepusher, Battles, Amon Tobin’s completely bonkers ISAM (watch this video all the way through), and really, too many other acts to mention, and you have a festival that is very likely to go down as a real ‘were you there?’ London moment. We are excited.
Bloc Weekend takes place on the 6th and 7th of July, and you can click here for more details.
- Mark Edwards