Taking place at London Pleasure Gardens, the festival also features ATOL, a new project by Marcel Dettmann, Modeselektor and Shed, among many others.
The bill so far reflects Bloc's usual knack for diverse and forward-thinking programming. On the one hand, there are pioneers like Gary Numan, Orbital and Squarepusher. On the other, there are newfangled acts like ATOL, a collaboration by Modeselektor, Shed and Marcel Dettmann that will make its UK debut at the festival. From Detroit, there's Jeff Mills and Carl Craig (who will play live as 69). From Berlin, there's Ricardo Villalobos, Ellen Allien, Apparat (who will play with his band) and Raster Noton artists Alva Noto, Byetone and SND.
Bass music has a healthy presence as well, thanks in part to a NMBRS vs Swamp 81 showcase with Hudson Mohawke, Addison Groove, Pinch and a back-to-back set by Jackmaster and Joy Orbison, under the name Joymaster. Scuba will make his Bloc debut with a new audio-visual live set.
As we learned last month, the festival will take place at London Pleasure Gardens, a new venue in the Royal Victoria Docks with a 6:00 AM license. The spot is set up by the crew behind Shangri-La, the late-night area at Glastonbury, and encompasses a 60,000-square metre space by the water. Bloc will make use of both permanent and custom-made stages, including a 30-metre "geodesic dome" and the Hub stage from Glastonbury. All of the main dance floors will be protected from the elements.