Below some video coverage of the happenings during Bloc 2011.
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Bloc is thrilled to announce that the grand master of them all, Richard D James the Aphex Twin will be taking to the stage to help celebrate Blocï¿½s fifth birthday. We canï¿½t think of a more fitting master of ceremonies for this landmark festival.
Heï¿½ll be supported by hard and fast techno don Speedy J, whose releases on Warp are worthy of being he same back catalogue as Aphex himself. Itï¿½s worth remembering that no dancing club is safe from his face-searing assaults through the loopier end of techno so, mind yourselves. And this is before we get all hot under the collar at the appearance of the cerebral dancefloor befuddler Four Tet. Itï¿½s a massive first for Bloc for Four Tet to be blending his signature richly textured sonic sculptures live and direct for us, as he has so ably demonstrated at his infamous ï¿½Border Communityï¿½ parties held at the much-lamented End club in London.
As ever Bloc is representing right across the board ï¿½ to go with the four-to-floor tech acts we have the mighty trouble and bass superstar Drop the Lime alongside Toddla T with his long-time hype man MC Serocee. We canï¿½t wait to see Bloc bouncing to the tune of these hi-energy, bass driven club destroyers.
Bloc in 2011 will continue its fine tradition of inviting the great and the good to curate a section of the festival according to their precise specifications.
Long time Bloc associate and all round mega-egg, the chun-li of techstep Mary Anne Hobbs will be fielding a future-bass crew featuring talents as diverse as rising star Al Touretteï¿½s, established funkster L Vis 1990, leftfield dubstep warlord Addison Groove and mutant house badman Roska.
Too weird to live and too strange to die, the out-there Overkill crew are back on the attack with the mindbendingly sinister Venetian Snares, The Bugï¿½s new live band project King Midas Sound, and ninja tune soundwarper Daedelus. They will also bring the all powerful Raster Noton founder Alva Noto for a live drone AV spectacular, and the buckle on the belt ï¿½ detroitï¿½s master techhead, Jimmy Edgar.
Well known for their excursions into industrial archways deep under London, the eternally cool Mulletover have pulled the massive Vision Quest project from deep within their trousers for your aural delight. Featuring the emotive dancefloor talents of Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss and Shaun Reeves, Vision Quest is as much about enjoying yourself in front of the speakers as it is journeying deep within your subconscious so do remember to have fun. Anarchic Gallic and oftentimes naked live house maestros dOP and resident Geddes will be in effect to make sure you do.
We are so pleased to be welcoming back DJ Pinchï¿½s Subloaded gang with their biggest lineup at Bloc to date ï¿½ the grand oak tree of dubstep Mala, young innovator Joy Orbison and berlin techno vicar DJ Pete are testament to the breadth of Pinchï¿½s musical influences and interests. Factor in the mighty Shackleton, Untold, Gemmy, Guido and Loefah and you have the kind of lo-end party dreams are made of.
Resident:Advisor are well known for having their fingers in the plug sockets of electronic club beats, but even so their showcase represents some out-of-sight forward thinking, featuring Wolf + Lamb mainstays Soul Clap, Aus Music boss the ever re-invented Will Saul, the comet-like sci-fi obsessive Space Dimension Controller and the genre-defying Floating Points.
I Love Acid will be proving they know one end of a 303 from another when they go into battle with Altern-8ï¿½s Mark2, Global Goon, Posthuman, B12, Placid and the ever ridiculous AGT Rave Cru.
Ultra lo-temperature underground London disco party crew Bodyhammer will be busting a Dutch electro flex featuring Legowelt, Orgue Electronique, TLR and their residents Joe Hart, Paul Purgas and Matilda. More at home in their quasi-legal towerblock residency in East London, we are proud they will be taking time out to jack your bodies in Minehead.
This represents just a tiny taste of the Bloc lineup for 2011. We canï¿½t wait to blow your minds with more names of mega acts ï¿½ but until that time, sit squirming on your hands and do your best not to explode with anticipation.