Bloc Weekend has what amounts to the most impressive festival lineup I have seen in this or any of my previous lives. And with the recent announcement that Amon Tobin is joining the top billing line, things only got more exciting.
Richie Hawtin, Gary Numan, and Orbital alone comprise a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the pioneers of electronic music. Hawtin especially has continued to innovate in the minimal techno, bringing Detroit back to the homeland. Combine these heavyweights with Tobin, who will be continuing the tour of ISAM, and, in the words of Carl Weathers, “baby, you got a stew goin.”
At the same time, we’ll have the best in forward-thinking bass music, represented by Joy Orbison, James Blake, and Jackmaster. And that’s just the J’s. There will be no angry, aggressive, Skrillexy wobbling here… All the polyrhythmic, pensive, futuristic, dark, sparkling, dreamy, ethereal, driving, insistent goodness you could ever want.
Serve this stew all this together on a disused vessel in the London Pleasure Gardens over a weekend in the dog-days of Summer and that’s sure to please nearly anyone who gives more than two shits about proper music.
Step Zero: Stay tuned over the next couple weeks while I delve into a few more artists I’m particularly excited about.
Step One: Watch this excellent newish video presentation of the lineup
Step Two: Cop a ticket while you still can! http://www.blocweekend.com/tickets/
Oh, and I should mention Snoop Dogg (of Dogg Pound fame) will be stopping by to say hello.