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Going back to Minehead
I missed the docklands fiasco but the two weekends I did in Butlins where two of the best festival experiences I've had. I'll be there
My pal went when it was at Butlins one year and said it was incredible. Hmm.
and it was indeed great. Looks like Minehead has some new fancy chalets too
do a BLOC please and go back to Minehead as well?
— Can we bring our own food and alcohol to Bloc?
You are allowed to bring your own food and supplies, but no alcohol is allowed on resort which will be enforced at the gate.
That means no alcohol where the music is, right? Its poorly worded, though.
So you can arrive 'dry' and then stock up after once you're sure you won't be fucked over?
That you can't bring in booze from outside, even for your chalets. Good luck enforcing that, lads
so not too terrible...
I don't even know why people are getting worked up about this, it's literally impossible to stop people bringing beer to their chalet.
Still won't go after the 2012 fiasco though.
Their line ups the past few years had a tendency to have big, one-off, must-see draws.
Basically, I'm not sure there's much reason to go to this, especially after 2012.
If this is Jabberwocky all over, I'll only have myself to blame.
would still rather have the money.
the pitch black one is well scary!
Hessle Audio (Ben UFO, Pearson Sound and Pangaea)
Moritz von Oswald Trio
Space Dimension Controller
Millie & Andrea
Moritz Von Oswald Trio
Answer Code Request
I've somehow missed Millie & Andrea, Hodge and some others. Got the list from the Bloc website, doesn't bode well! :-/
But the 2012 fiasco comment still applies.
God, if it wasn't such a disaster it would have been brilliant, right? Stacked lineup.
Rooms are flying, and poor sales were the only thing I could see fucking this up.
This is gonna be fun, I reckon.
A friend of mine is selling two places in his chalet for Bloc THIS WEEKEND at reduced price. You'd be sharing a chalet with some delightful french partygoers who all speak excellent English, love music and know how to have a very good time. Please contact me if you want to be put in touch.
Crazy amount of tickets going for cheap to this. Two of my mates got sorted for £50 a pop during the week. Giddily excited about this, was at the first two in Minehead and they are stupidly fun. Anyone else from here going?
Heard security were a bit overbearing but otherwise, good times?
that security on the way in wasnt too bad, but that heavy handed security were breaking down doors to get into parties and evicting people (from the whole of butlins. like, fuck off home) in the middle of the night on a couple of occasions, which doesnt sound good
much more of this happened in 2011
Music was all kinds of great:
Friday: Hessle Audio, Call Super, Karenn, Robert Hood
Saturday: Levon Vincent, Omar-S, Moodymann (with Rick Wilhite), Carl Craig, Jeff Mills, World Unknown
Sunday: Ryan Elliott, Answer Code Request, Dettmann/Klock to finish
Met some decent people, good atmosphere at each stage, sound was decent (little bit quiet maybe), lighting was great, everything went off without a hitch as far as I could tell. Would definitely go again if they do one next year.
Security were ok I thought, mates who drove were searched pretty intensely; sniffer dog in the car, bags opened and searched, they had their speakers taken off them which apparently happened to loads of people. I went in as a pedestrian and didn't get so much as a pat down. Didn't encounter much security apart from other peoples anecdotes tbh.
Went with friends who had been before but was a first for me.
Found the layout and rooms decent. Centre was a rubbish just due to its size. Lightning and sound was generally excellent.
Friday was the best night for me: Hessle DJs, Hudson Mohawke, Objekt, Rodhad.
Saturday: Vessel, Clark, Helena Hauff, Richard Divine, Autechre
Sunday: wasn't that familiar with the acts but enjoyed Jerome Hill, Randall, Raime, Ben UFO
Danced my face off. Met some lovely people. Didn't have any issues with security. Went for a walk down the beach on Saturday. Objeckt followed by Rodhad was the best. The base for Autechre was ear shredding. Richard Divine was special. Definitely go again.
Yes, checking in was about as difficult as getting out of a prison camp.
I kind of knew that alcohol was banned but: a) I didn't believe it when I first read it, and b) couldn't recall when or where I had heard this, or in what regard I had heard it.
It was true; it was banned. A conversation with the driver of the car in front convinced me that there was no point hiding it so I handed it over when I realised: "Shame, good bottle of vodka that" (Smirnoff). At the time I was a bit more concerned about losing my iPod docking station, but I explained that I needed that so I could listen to Radio 4 (I am 61 years old), and that got me through without difficulty. Phew.
I arrived incredibly tired, and after finding my chalet mates we headed off into Minehead to eat at a pub which conveniently had a curry & pint night for £7 (very good). Then after repurchasing an equivalent bottle of Smirnoff vodka, for 35p more than the original had cost at Tesco, we chilled….
Friday started with Livity Sound who my mate Alex had heard before and was a great discovery. I love all the Hessle Dj's, and I spent some time in Reds but I was in need of something buried deeper in my soul and my recollections of the night were primarily of Hudson Mohawk, Modeselektor & Phuture up in Centre Stage.
On Saturday, I felt extremely tired and did not get up till 16.00. I then suffered from hiccups for the rest of the day (blame Roger Preston – I’m still chuckling). Revival came after Space Dimension Controller, and my favourites: Egyptian Lover (“8 -0 – motherfucking -8”; oops the video) and Finnegan’s Cod & Chips.
After Omar-S after which I drifted off to Scuba who was great. After this I was fit to drop, but after slumping at the back of Centre Stage Jon Hopkins got me back on my feet with his crafted euphoria and stunning visuals. Life does not get much better than a set like that.
Autechre challenged me to keep on my feet, but I eventually just had to settle for watching others more alert than I. However, I danced the entire 3 hour Jeff Mills set which was thoroughly enjoyable, even though my memory fades out, I do recall being very sorry to leave and the delight of finding daylight when I finally emerged to find my bed.
On Sunday, although feeling much less tired I took it a bit easier knowing I had to drive home to the NW the next day. We hung around in Jak’s for a while but my main event of the evening was the 3 hour closing set from Ben Klock b2b with Marcel Dettmann. This is very much my thing and was probably as good as it gets for a closing party. Lovely people all around me.
Overall the organisation was pretty much faultless. Everything was bang on time (to the second). The people were great – not a single daisy chain of threatened looking teenagers or inappropriate ageist comment. The overwhelming impression is that Bloc is for those who are passionate about good electronic music be it techno, minimal, ambient or experimental.
Very touching are my memories of little personal interactions of recognition and conversations over past events such as “you were at Mount Kimbie at the Deaf Institute, in Manchester” or of kind assistance when I lost my balance a couple of times.
At 61 years old, it is clear one’s body cannot easily sustain what accumulated to 23 hours of dancing over three days without a lot better physical preparation. However, I am sure many there were also many much younger than me there who have demanding jobs or roles which created similar demands. I just so envy those who can afford to take full advantage of such an opportunity and see more of the awesome and varied talent on display.
Three days later and I feel reinvigorated and incredibly grateful that the committed people behind the present Bloc were able to re-establish the impressive reputation of that brand, so quickly after the unfortunate implosion of Bloc 2012. It was good. Thanks.