The boat that rocked

The boat that rocked

Bloc Festival has amassed a typically stellar array of electronic music acts for its annual ‘rave-up’ this weekend (July 06-07).

Snoop Dogg and Orbital headline Friday and Saturday nights respectively, ably supported by the likes of Gary Numan, Battles, Four Tet, Squarepusher and Nathan Fake, to name but a few.

This year, however, Bloc has left its humble surroundings of Butlins holiday camp, and set up shop within the capitals latest renovation project – the London Pleasure Gardens.

Originally named The Royal Victoria Gardens back in 1851, this large communal space was once used by people from all walks of life to come and immerse themselves in the culture that made their city great.

Now, thanks to Newham Council, the site has been redeveloped into a 21st Century version of the historic Gardens in time for the Olympics.

Bloc is the premier music festival to be staged at the Pleasure Gardens this summer, and is the ‘flagship’ in more ways than one…

An innovative Swiss-born sonic artist (known as ‘Blo’), and his team of forward-thinking buddies, have converted

an 80m deep-sea fishing vessel that was once owned by the German Democratic Republic before the collapse of Communism.

MS Stubnitz will drop anchor at Bloc this weekend and help play host to some of the most immersive audio-visual spectaculars Bloc has ever curated.

Day tickets can be snapped up on the festival website, along with more useful information and some alluring videos.


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