Bloc Festival to end in 2016
A sad day for dance music fans in the UK. Bloc have announced the 2016 weekender will be the final festival the group ever stage.
Speaking to Resident Advisor this afternoon, Co-Founder Alex Benson made the public confirmation of their new long-term stratagy
“Weekenders are strange, beautiful things,” Bloc co-founder Alex Benson told Resident Advisor. “Bloc itself has had some very widely publicised ups and downs. For us, in the middle of it, it has been a rollercoaster. Of course, everyone will have been on rollercoasters—they’re quite a trip, and leave you euphoric, shaken and with a new-found zest for life. Eventually, you get off having had a thoroughly great time. And that’s where we are.”
Bloc’s final weekender will take place March 11th ’till 13th in Minehead, and has a stacked lineup featuring Thom Yorke, Jeff Mills, Goldie, Nina Kraviz and Four Tet.
When asked by Resident Advisor about the long-term plans, Benson confirmed the group were looking to establish a more permanent home in central London;
We’re going to build a super club. As many of you will know, we started a venue in an ex-industrial building in London, then renovated the surrounding warehouses into music studios and workspace. A community sprung up around it and it has been one of the most rewarding things we have ever been involved in. We want to develop this community and the venue at the heart of it. It will, like the current venue, be called Bloc. And it will be surrounded by music studios which won’t cost the earth to rent and aren’t about to be sold, knocked down or redeveloped. We will work more on our Bloc label—we have a mind-blowing album by JoeFarr about to drop, and plenty more lined up. We are working with LEME to produce a full-scale electronic music conference in London next summer. We are also celebrating Bloc’s 10th birthday this year with 10 parties in spots across the world, including Montreal, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Malta, Paris and Dublin.