The much-criticised George Hull issues an apology…of sorts.
In March, Bloc founder George Hull bizarrely took aim at young attendees of the festival in an article for The Spectator that described millennials as a bunch of “spineless hipsters” and “wimpy pseudo-hedonists” who demand “a carefully designed ‘safe space'” and vegan food. Unsurprisingly, his remarks, accompanied by news he was standing down from Bloc, sparked outrage across the dance community, prompting the festival to distance itself from Hull. But in a new Boiler Room documentary, the rave pariah has now apologised for his sins. Kind of.
Dancing on Carpets: The Story of Bloc shines a light on the legendary holiday park raves that ran for ten years from 2006, chronicling the festival’s “absurd highs and controversial lows.”
At one point in the film, co-founder Alex Benson reiterates what he told us back in March, that he was “fucking livid” with Hull for penning the article. “Having spent some time being the internet’s most hated promoters, we kind of recovered it and it all went really well and then in a classic Bloc style, one of us fucked it up again,” states Benson, to which Hull sheepishly replies: “Yeah, sorry about that.”
Hull is noticeably more sincere in his apology for 2012’s London Pleasure Gardens debacle, which led to Bloc Weekend being shut down following fears of over-crowding. He calls it “the hardest time in my career, if not my life,” while Benson says he feels “chronically sorry” and calls it “a source of horror.” Watch the whole film below, which also features some excellent vintage footage and interviews with both festival-goers and talking heads.
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