Preview: Bloc Festival

The UK has always been a testing ground for even the biggest festivals. Compared to our culturally rich and influential European neighbours, the rolling green countryside of Britain has been the favoured and most sought-after backdrop for fans and artists. But as a new wave of genre mutation grows in popularity and status, its rise aided by the technological ease of sharing discussing and exposing new music, smaller foreign festivals are springing into existence and becoming more popular and more highly regarded by people who would have never previously been aware of them. So in this new, vaster arena of alternative music, it looks as though Blighty has a challenge on its hands, to rival and shine among the bustling crowd of new music events.

Luckily for anyone living a car journey away from our capital, Bloc. Festival 2012’s line up is one of the most distracting collection of musicians assembled this year. Genre giants, legends and recent innovators rub shoulders in London Pleasure Gardens for two days, starting on the 6th of July. Snoop Dogg, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Steve Reich and Orbital are few among the long list of teeth grindingly good acts; perhaps the most anticipated being Amon Tobin’s acclaimed live show ISAM, which fuses his influentially groundbreaking music with stunning and original visuals.

Come rain or shine, tickets are bound to be a safe investment for your summer festival wish-list. Did I mention the converted Communist Ship moored up as one of the weekend’s venues?

Words: Charlie Wood