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Bloc distances itself from co-founder’s anti-young people stance

By | Published on Tuesday 22 March 2016

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Bloc has distanced itself from an article written by co-founder George Hull for The Spectator, in which he accused young people today of being “too safe and boring”. The article came after the final ever Bloc festival earlier this month.

As previously reported, Bloc announced in February that this year’s festival would be the last, with plans to focus on developing a new club and studio space in London. In his article, Hull claimed that the reason for winding up the weekender events was that “young people these days just don’t know how to rave. They are too safe and boring”.

“Under the hipsters’ watch, dance music has become tedious and diluted”, he added. “A monstrous cabal of overpaid circuit DJs titillating a precious and unimaginative bunch of wimpy pseudo-hedonists at a carefully designed ‘safe space’. In broad daylight. If that’s your idea of raving, you can keep it. I’m out”.

In a statement posted on Twitter yesterday afternoon, Bloc said: “Bloc is a collective. One guy from it wrote an article, and that doesn’t represent Bloc. Bloc extends a welcoming vibe to everyone who comes together to share in the experience. The vibe at every single rave, big or small, over the past ten years is testament to that. The kind of people who choose to go is testament to that”.

Of this year’s festival, they added: “We were blown away by the crowd at this year’s weekender and want to sincerely thank you all”.

So, there you go young people, I think you just about got away with it. But just to be on the safe side, you’d best mark yourselves with one of these t-shirts.