Bloc Festival in the UK to end after 2016 edition
This year’s Bloc Festival, the tenth edition of the UK weekend fest, will be its last. The diverse electronic event will run March 11 through 13 in Somerset, with a lineup that features titans like Thom Yorke, Four Tet, Carl Craig, Ben Klock, and Jimmy Edgar.
“Weekenders are strange, beautiful things,” Bloc co-founder Alex Benson explained in an interview with Resident Advisor. “Bloc itself has had some very widely publicized 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.”
Benson and his partner George Hull will shift their focus to London after the final festival, working on their existing venue with eventual plans to build a super club. “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,” Benson divulged. “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.”
Bloc will also be celebrating its 10th birthday with ten parties around the world, including Paris, Malta, Amsterdam, Montreal, Barcelona, and Dublin.
H/T: Resident Advisor