Bloc Weekend shut down
Bloc Weekend, which kicked off last night at London's Pleasure Gardens, has been shut down due to crowd safety concerns.
The 15'000 capacity festival was dogged with crowd control problems from the word go, which reportedly stemmed from a confusing ticketing process.
Last night twitter was rammed with confused, angry and upset festival-goers, who were left in the dark. Some reports even suggest that the stampede caused injuries, and possibly something more serious, which we can't comment on until a police report is issued.
By now everyone will have heard that Bloc 2012 was closed due to crowd safety concerns.
We are all absolutely devastated that this happened, but the safety of everyone on site was paramount.
Given the situation on the ground, we feel that it was the right decision to end the show early.
Bloc will not open on Saturday 7th July so please don’t come to the site.
Stand by for full information on refunds.
Despite earlier reports suggesting that the police had shut down the festival, it appears it was the organisers that made the decision.
FACT are currently running a pretty in-depth piece on the situation, which we suggest you check out (here).
Dummy have posted a pretty good summary of what happened, which includes a few words from the Metropolitan Police Department's press office. Read that here.
In just a few weeks, The 405 will be representing ourselves at London’s Bloc Weekend. The festival has an incredibly eclectic line up ranging from hip-hop to minimal techno to noise rock, yet there are shared themes of experimentalism, high levels of musical integrity and generally dark artistry throughout most of the programmed acts. Bloc also puts a strong emphasis on the visual aesthetics involved in production of live music, which sets them aside from this summer’s competition. [read more]