At the end of last week our still glowing memories of 2016's Bloc Weekender were thrown under a bus somewhat, when one of the festival's founders, George Hull, wrote a piece reflecting his disdain for the 21st century raver. His article, published in the Spectator, was full of scorn for "dull hipsters," stretching as far as to attack safe spaces and inclusivity in nightclubs, as well as arguing that raves are more fun when they are more dangerous. We responded at the time.
Bloc have since issued a statement on Twitter, simply stating that: "Bloc is a collective. One guy from it wrote an article, and that doesn't represent Bloc." The short statement goes on to assure festival goers that their organisation "extends a welcoming vibe to every single person who comes together to share in the experience." It concludes with a simple, "Love, power, respect, admiration - to you all."
The statement will no doubt be a welcome gesture for the many people who were left bemused and angered by Hull's comments—including Ben UFO
and DJ Moxie to name a few.