Thursday, 27 January 2011
RECOMMENDED EVENT: Bloc Weekend 2011
Bloc Weekend 2010 was a real eye opener. Through friends you hear the ruminations of one of the weirdest most absurd sounding festivals in the calendar, and what you get is exactly what you imagine, a hardstyle no messing tribute to the multi-national elite of electronic music set in, well, set in a 1960s hardstyle holiday park. The novelty of raving in Butlin’s never leaves you, but it’s the quality of the programming that keeps you grounded amongst the colour, indoor burger king and giant Bob The Builder statues. Last year’s festival was a true test of personal intensity with highlights too numerous to attempt to recall.
This year the party returns to Minehead on the 11-13th March with a lineup that really does read like a roll call for inventive futurist musicians in 2011. Topped by Aphex Twin and Magnetic Man, two acts that given the notoriety of the former and the chart success of the latter need no introduction, the festival boasts stages from likeminded people and kin like Bleep.com, Resident Advisor, Numbers, Subloaded, Plex, Outlook Fesitval and Mary Anne Hobbs featuring all manner of names from Moderat and Four Tet to Jamie XX, Roska, Shackleton and so many many many more.
Without echoing the epic lineup for this year’s festival we urge you to go here and see what your missing.
It really is more than alot.
The Bloc team have also uploaded a selection of audio content from Blocs gone by to their particularly functional site. Recommended listening goes to Pinch’s ’09 set, Model 500’s set from last year and the brand new and exclusive Venetian Snares track, ‘There Now You Have Syphilis’ which you can stream here: