The Bloc Weekender is no more.

The organisers of the long-running Bloc Festival have announced the 2016 event will be their last, with their energies being directed into the building of a London “super club” with surrounding music studios.

Speaking to RA, Bloc co-founder Alex Benson said: “It’s the final one and we won’t be doing any curtain calls, encores, reunion tours or one-last-jobs.

“If you ever want to see the titans of techno (and related musics) face down with 6,000 ravers in a Butlins holiday park, this is your very last opportunity to do so.”

Bloc’s focus after the final festival, will be the development of the team’s venue in Hackney Wick, which it plans to expand into a “super club” surrounded by low-cost music studios.

“A community sprung up around it and it has been one of the most rewarding things we have ever been involved in,” Benson continues.

“We want to develop this community and the venue at the heart of it. It will, like the current venue, be called Bloc. And it will be surrounded by music studios which won’t cost the earth to rent and aren’t about to be sold, knocked down or redeveloped.”

Bloc’s final festival takes place at Minehead from March 11-13, and features appearances from Thom Yorke, Four Tet and Jeff Mills.



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