For its fifth birthday the crew behind Bloc have pulled out all the stops to bring some of the biggest names in electronic music to the seaside resort of Butlins on the west coast of England. Aphex Twin makes a return appearance to headline the festival with an audio-visual show that promises to be as mind bending as his hefty back catalogue, while Skream, Benga and Artwork bring their Magnetic Man show to the masses.
The organisers aim to strike a balance between the underground and more mainstream acts which means there’s a variety and a sense of fun not found at most other electronic festivals. The sheer amount of stages and performers means that if you don’t like what you’re hearing in one room just go next door for something different.
Dubstep is well represented with the Subloaded Stage hosting sets from Shackleton, Joy Orbison, and Digital Mystikz while other favourites such as Addison Grove and SBTRKT do their thing throughout the weekend. Modeselektor, who perform both as themselves and with Moderat, choose some big names for their specially curated stage including Ramadanman and Ikonika. Richard D James might have some competition in the fucked up beats department with the presence of breakcore connoiseur Venetian Snares and dark techno dons Ancient Methods.
It’s not all serious business at Bloc though as Butlins is naturally full of distractions including tonnes of video games, a swimming pool and even a record store. One of the main benefits of having a festival at such a venue is no more slumming it under a tent. You can’t put a price on being able to fall into a real bed at eight in the morning knowing that you can have a shower when you regain consciousness.
Tickets cost £140 plus booking fee, available here.
Check out http://www.blocweekend.com/lineup/ for the full line up.