While London is in the throes of Royal Jubilee and Olympic fever, something else on a gargantuan scale is happening and it’s not the Opening Ceremony. Bloc 2012, scheduled for the 6th-7th July, is shaping up to be one of the biggest weekends on the UK music festival circuit and features some of the world heavyweights of techno, hip hop, house and forward thinking bass music.
Iconic British electronica duo Orbital is headlining, along with techno stalwarts Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills and Ricardo Villalobos. Hip hop fans will not be disappointed with the inclusion of DOOM and the irrepressible Snoop Dogg. Representation from the bass music side comes from the likes of Flying Lotus, Joker, Digital Mystikz and James Blake, along a whole host of artists making waves in the underground scene. Another highlight promises to be Amon Tobin’s ISAM, undisputedly one of the most spectacular live audio-visual shows currently touring.
Now in its sixth year, Bloc has changed venues to reflect it’s expanding following while still keeping true to its underground electronic music roots. Set on the water’s edge at Victoria Docks in London Pleasure Gardens amongst abandoned industrial buildings, Bloc 2012 has promised to deliver the musical goods with showcases hosted by Resident Advisor, Hyperdub, Boiler Room and other leading brands. A first for the festival is the inclusion of the MS Stubnitz, an industrial deep-sea fishing vessel converted into a floating performance space and dance-floor that will be mooring at Victoria Docks exclusively for Bloc. This unique concept, along with cutting edge audio-visual technology and art installations promise mind-blowing experiences for all who venture through the gates.
So if you‘re one of the many making a trip across to the Motherland this summer, a visit to Bloc is highly recommended for anyone looking for a dance music festival with a twist. Check out the videos for a sneak peek of what’s to come!
Bloc Weekend 6-7th July 2012
London Pleasure Gardens
Orbital, Snoop Dogg, Richie Hawtin, Amon Tobin: ISAM, Gary Numan, Steve Reich, Flying Lotus, Ricardo Villalobos, Jeff Mills, Squarepusher, Battles, DOOM, A.T.O.L., Jamie Jones, Carl Craig – 69, Nicolas Jaar, Apparat Band, James Blake, Ellen Allien, Joker, Four Tet, Monolake, Scuba, Hudson Mohawke DJ, Levon Vincent, Surgeon, Clark, Shackleton, Martyn, Joy Orbison b2b Jackmaster, Art Department, Sandwell District, Actress, Hype Williams, Digital Mystikz, Kode9, Tikiman with Scion, Alva Noto, Cosmin TRG, Steffi, L Vis 1990 b2b Bok Bok, Jacques Greene, Loefah, Billy Nasty, Addison Groove, Cooly G, Jon Hopkins, Nathan Fake, Space Dimension Controller, Appleblim, Oneohtrix Point Never, Will Saul, Ikonika, Ray Keith, Mosca, Ed DMX, Geddes, Xhin, Midland, Untold, Byetone, T.Williams, RadioNasty, Mark Archer [Altern 8], Transparent Sound, Dusky, Pariah, Boddika, Arpanet, Pinch, Illum Sphere, SND, Perc, Objekt, Lucy, Daniel Stefanik, Oneman, Deadboy, Redinho, Spencer, Truss, Scratcha DVA, Terror Danjah, Ceephax Acid Waltzers, Andy Blake, Joe Hart
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Teknoscape’s Photo Editor, Ari Yeung will be covering this year’s event. Make sure you check out her gallery next month.