Bloc has announced that this year's weekender will be the festival's last. “After ten glorious years – this is it. It’s the final one and we won’t be doing any curtain calls, encores, reunion tours or one-last-jobs,” Bloc stated in a press release published this morning.
This latest update follows a well-documented turbulent period for the festival after the cancellation of their 2012 event at London Pleasure Garden put the company into adminstration. Since then Bloc has hosted a series of events in Hackney Wick, London; and last year saw the popular weekend festival return at Butlin's Minehead (its home since 2009). But this year's event won’t be the last thing the world hears from Bloc, as co-founder Alex Benson explains in an interview with Resident Advisor. “We're going to build a super club. As many of you will know, 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. We want to develop this community and the venue at the heart of it. It will, like the current venue, be called Bloc.”
Bloc 2016 will take place between 11–13 March. The line-up includes Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Space Dimension Controller, Peverelist & Kowton, Slackk, Ceephax Acid Crew, Om Unit, Second Storey and Appleblim, Logos, Ben UFO, Omar S, Holly Herndon, Surgeon & Blawan, Tama Sumo & Lakuti, Andrew Weatherall & Optimo, Steffi, Helena Hauff, Powell, Lone, Objekt, Kahn, Aurora Halal, Laurel Halo, Debonair, and more.