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Dunno what's going on there but I hear cops were turning people away at the door & telling them to go home and apply for a refund. Sounds like a right royal fuck up. Imagine travelling over only for it to be fer feck all.

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serious?
fuck sake. the line-up is absolutely ridic for that as well.

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Steffi has posted on FB that she was told by the organizers that it has been shut down. Some saying that it was oversold.

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One of them tweets is saying is was oversold by 20,000 and sounds like they don't have staff/security to cope

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came here to post about this. fuckin hell, sound like a massive nightmare

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Facebook page is getting spammed with hate atm too

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Been to Bloc Festival tonight....an absolute disaster. Police have shut down site and "evacuating" place on grounds of safety. Shame on you London Pleasure Gardens and Bloc, you ran before you could walk and imagine have destroyed Bloc's reputation and likely bankrupted them. LPG is not fit for purpose and there was no room for people between stages - even before the closing incidents you had to queue up for an hour just to get into a sound stage. Badly organised but inevitable as LPG was not ready / experienced to host such an event.

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what a nightmare. the venue looked incredible from the press shots. Did they just get too greedy or couldn't they have covered their costs with less people, i wonder.

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Gotta pay for the fancy venue and packed line up somehow I guess

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London pleasure gardens just put this on fb

We can confirm that this morning at 00:45, following advice from the Metropolitan Police, Bloc was subject to a controlled shut down due to health and safety concerns.

London Pleasure Gardens are currently co-operating with police to ensure all visitors leave the site and commence their onward journeys safely.

Our number one concern is always public safety, and sometimes tough decisions need to be made by on-site security, but we always act as we believe is necessary at the time to best protect visitors.

Not surprised the site wasn't ready.. Originally they had said the site was to open for jubilee weekend, I booked my time in London round this but it was put back without explanation to the end of the month.. Pics going up at the end of may were of mounds of muck and diggers from memory.

Earlier today they put up a pic saying the site was really mucky.. Not making excuses but did this have something to do with it??

Really disappointed for everyone involved, had the potential to be amazing.

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Nightmare :( instagram.com/p/Mwh9ZT...

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" to ensure all visitors leave the site and commence their onward journeys safely."

Was there no accommodation included like previous years? Or was it everyone fend for themselves?

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I'd imagine in that part of London t was everyone fend for themselves. There was talk of London pleasure gardens including a hotel in the site but I don't know if it ever came together.

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I'll be a nightmare there ATM.. Last dlr will have left and the buses will be a mission to get. Even if the fest had laid on extra transport in advance bucking everyone out at the same time will be absolute chaos.

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It'll not I'll lol

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Aw rite.. was thinking if folks were staying onsite that they'd have no onward journey planned. But as you say, even making your way back to other accommodation would be a mission and a half when such crowds are leaving at once. Even grimmer if you were already baked

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From fb posts it sounds like half the LPG site wasn't ready or open.. This would lead me to believe that tickets were sold based on the capacity of the whole site.

Poor show on LPG's front if so but if you were pushing for the site to be ready and it wasn't yet the place was already oversold what would you do?? Not making excuses like, just wondering.. Recall the sat however many sold?? I dunno.

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Last not sat ffs

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Reading back on London pleasure gardens posts by others on fb it seems this fiasco will be on their hands

This post was made last week And came after their opening weekend

Hoping that reports of The London Pleasure Gardens shortcomings (which, to be fair are inevitable considering the relative short build time and newness of the venue) do not adversely damage the reputation of Bloc. This is an important year for Bloc Festival, a new venue and style of festival and I would hate to see this evolution jeopardised due to the venue not being able to cope. Really want London Pleasure Gardens to be a success and for Bloc to shine but are LPG running before they can walk? Handling a Festival safely takes experience.
LPG and ultimately Bloc organisers, the London Pleasure Gardens opening weekend problems are forgivable as it was a completely free event and can also be used as a learning exercise, however a paying audience may not be so understanding if the venue is lacking.
I really wish London Pleasure Gardens success and that Bloc flourishes in the new venue but whilst I stay optimistic please be mindful of next week end - less than a week to address some of the opening week ends short comings seems a little ambitious.

Real pity for bloc and I hope they can recover. I'm gutted as i've championed the pleasure gardens since I heard of their creation last year.. Looks like it willbe one big let down :(

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It seems all the signs were there and this was surely easy to predict but they went ahead anyway. As it was shut because it was a risk to public safety and the organisers knew it wasn't ready couldn't they be prosecuted ?

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fucking shambles, thank christ i decided to go today only. few mates there last night said it was scary biscuits queueing to get in, wee girls being crushed and crying etc . took them 3 hours to get from there to home in stoke newington after.
i remember lovebox last year one stage closed before flying lotus because of crushing etc too we were all there for that stage spent the day at the ed banger one instead so it wasn't all bad..
gotta figure out what to do now!

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Was at this myself. Just getting ready to fly home. Will have an eye witness tale when i get back. Bonus was that there were loads of free parties on all over London with the djs that were meant to be playing.

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Shit noir- no fucking links?

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how gutted would u be if u had booked flights, hotel etc etc. very poor show. i'm sure the organisers are devastated too mind u, but they've completely fucked up, whatever the circumstances, the buck stops with them

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it was a fucking shambles

We arrived at about 630 to a massive queue (although I think it only got worse later), were in by 730. Saw Nicolas Jaar which was pretty good, then Appleblim which was ruined by poor sound quality. Fair play to him he kept telling them to turn it up but no one was listening. Headed over to the main arena as friends of mine wanted to see Doom, queued about 15mins to get in for reasons I don't quite understand as the tent was half empty. By the time he came on it was full though. I wasn't really feeling it so ducked out with the intention of going to Xhin, the tent was full with a huge mass of people trying to get in so I headed to one of the other stages to try and see Mosca, same story. Then headed towards the boat which was worst of all (see Honey's pic). Found myself in the weird situation of being stood in the middle of the festival but not able to see any acts so I did the sensible thing and bought a hot dog while trying to figure out wtf to do... then the security suddenly pulled metal railings out halfway across the site (and just where I was standing) saying nobody else was allowed any further as it was over capacity, at this point I realised disaster was looming as there were still streams of people coming that way from towards the entrance. It was about 1130 so I thought fuck it I'm gonna get out of here before the tube stops and thankfully did. Texted my mates to say what had happened, they were still in the main arena and thought I was being melodramatic, then a couple of hours later I get a text saying "yeah...they've just shut the whole thing down".

Supposedly everybody left in peace which is really, really lucky...could have been a complete disaster had anybody got hurt.

Feel a bit bad for the organisers as I know they are really quite young and can't help but think that despite having run it successfully at Butlins they were clearly out of their depth trying to pull this off.

There are reports of it being oversold by 15-20k which is ridiculous and just untrue. They were actually told by LPG that they could have an unlimited capacity but they ended up capping it at 15k, realistically it probably should have been somewhere in the region of 8-10k.

Just glad I only live a train ride away as there were plenty there who had come from all over Europe.

LPG is also the venue for secretsundaze goes bang (www.residentadvisor.ne...) which I was planning to go to,now not so sure

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lol @ unlimited capacity.what a mess

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We arrived at around 9.30pm on the friday to a huge queue outside. We had paid 25 extra for express tickets with quick entry, express bar and toilets. The guys taking the tickets didn't know a thing about our express bands and gave us the normal 2 day band. They didnt scan the ticket with a barcode scanner. People were handing in photocopies and getting in no sweat. Walked into the site and saw thousands of people walking around aimlessly trying to find where the music/stages were. There were no maps, signs, walkways or directions. Ended up walking towards the express bar to find out they weren't even checking wristbands to get into it and the express toilet area was two portaloos beside the bar.

Went to the ship, MS Stubnitz for the boiler room showcase with ben sims and hawtin. We were told at 10pm that the ship was full and to not bother queueing again. This stage closed first. Rumours started going around that someone had fallen off the ship into the water.

Tried to get into the main arena and the RA stage but couldn't find out how to get into them. We were told that there was a 2 hour queue for the arenas. We then found the smallest stage where we wanted to catch Steffi playing. We were told it was full and to queue up. Queued for 45 minutes and decided to take things into our own hands and jump a barrier (felt bad for the one single security guy assigned to the stage but if we didn't we wouldn't have gotten to hear any music). Mosca was playing inside and the tent was half empty. It was a dome shape and you could only hear the music if you stood right in front of the DJ. The PA looked like a set of guitar amps and the volume was so low you could hear other peoples conversations over the music. We figured we should stay in the tent cause if we left we wouldn't be able to hear any music. Mosca played on on his own with no sign of Steffi or the other DJs coming on after him. He looked as confused as everyone else.

We left to try and get into the main arena again to hear Sandwell District and were greeted with half the site shut down and the Met police forming a cordon across the site. We were greeted with this and scenes of anger and confusion. People were angry and confused.

We were turfed out onto a busy A road in London's Docklands with no public transport, no taxis, ages from any clubs or bars. Around 1000 people tried to get into a Travel Lodge hotel bar down the road and the police had to be called. Others were robbing and looting out of a nearby petrol station.

We were told later that people had just scaled the trees around the site (which had no fences up and no security) resulting in far too many people being on site. I think I counted 20 security MAX, including ticket takers and medical staff. 20 people for 15,000 is ridiculous.

The next night we went to a free party for people who were supposed to be at bloc. Jacques Greene, Actress and Martyn played in a small underground/illegal club. We then went onto fabric where the Bicep guys were nice enough to put us on the guestlist and we got to see them and Terrence Parker in room 3 all night.

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People queueing to get in told that it was closed down

Main stage closed

Queues to get into RA stage

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Fuckin hell sounds horrible, looked amazing beforehand too fantastic lineup, how did it end up duch a pantomine bloc has been goin a good few hears has it not

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if what happened at bloc yesterday had of happened at phoenix park loads of people would of been stabbed

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Hectic! That photo of the boat party queue scares me!

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Been keeping an eye on fb about this.. There was someone who obviously had involvement with LPG on some level saying that the site had run into problems when a small amount of asbestos had been found, setting them back one month and costing 1 million!

He had also said that the organisers of bloc had asked for certain things in areas such as cargo containers to stop noise spilling into other areas but as a result this cut down on space.

There was an interview with the ones that ran bloc for earlier in the week were they we're asked about overcrowding and they joked it off.. Will try and find it now.

Sounds like there were fuck ups from all angles.. Ticket sellers not providing the right arm bands or checking tickets correctly, LPG for not being finished in time and bloc for not having their logistics right :-/

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Skrufff: Looking at the site plan, it seems VERY difficult to get from the main arena to Millennium Mills (because of the water): how can you prevent bottle necks? Awful crowding?
 
Bloc (Alex): “There will be horses transporting people between the two points, that have been specially trained to trot on their hind legs only, thus only taking up 1/2 the space on the ground.”

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Seem like all their answers were nonsensical. Imo moving away from the weekender setup was the first bad move and then doubling in size the second

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comes across as a smug wanker in that interview. that horse comment will indeed haunt him.

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Jesus christ @ that answer.

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Tbf it had the potential to be absolutely amazing.. They stuck their neck out and pushed the boundaries which has to be commended.

Just a shame it means dick all when you dont do your planning right.

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I went. Had a weekend ticket.

...Arrived on the Friday around 6pm via DLR to Pontoon Dock. Bore left toward Festival Gate 3 where I was greeted by a queue the size of my you-know-what. Mate spotted a mate's mate two thirds of the way up the queue. Bunked in.

We queued for around 45 minutes to an hour. Police were present. Drug disposal/retention conversation was rife. "Should we ditch/ should we hold tight?". We held tight. The sniffer dogs loomed. But then did relatively fuck all. "Glad I didn't wash my ass too thoroughly this morning..." thought my mate.

Inside was cool. A re-developed, industrial playground that felt like the sort of place that should be open every weekend for the young men and women of london to freely associate and consume class A controlled substances. We got some drinks.

First act we saw was one Nicolas Jaar. Tent was packed, sound was shite, as was Jaar. Stuck it out to the bitter end. He only has one tempo: very slow.

Next port of call: Ableton Floating Cocktail Bar. En route we pass the advertised, but unused spacious structures which could have been adapted to accommodate the already swelling crowds: Silo D and, the iconic, Millenium Mill - the latter of which formed the entire basis of Bloc's online marketing campaign, but which was off-limits and unused by the festival.

Ableton Bar was as you would expect - empty, with an aging, baldy tech-house DJ playing in one end, and a crowd of absolute losers watching someone use Ableton on some widescreen TVs at the other end. "Time we roll a zoot" my friend thought.

Motherfuckas got high. Blazed one up in preparation for a show by one of the all-time greats; a mothafuckin P.I.M.P. among men; the legend that is - Snoop Dogg. 3 hours to go.

Dandered back toward the main arena to catch the end of Amon Tobin. As we approached the main stage, the crowd was pretty fucking huge. It would have taken around an hour to get in. So we walked to the front of the queue, past the entrance, walked over to the exit, and walked straight in. Security guy just stood back and watched us. Was a defining moment of the night for me and my friend.

Caught the last track of Amon Tobin, and then waited for Doom. Doom started and was way too quiet. We lasted about 5 songs in and then gave up as we could not make head nor tail of what the man was talking about despite being only 5 metres from the front of the stage.

Went in search of some food as by now the munchies had began to kick in. Lost two of my mates who we'd met inside the Main Arena at Doom. First place I walked over two, get this. This is so ridiculous it needs a new paragraph.

FIRST PLACE I WALKED INTO, get this, I said "How much is it just for some chips?".

The woman replied:

"Five pounds please".

I shit you not. Five fucking Great British Pounds Sterling. For some chips. Speechless.

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Rest of the night was not that interesting. Few more zoots but not more music as the police kettled one end of the festival and then gradually told everyone to fuck off over a period of 2-3 hours which we just spent sitting around smoking more zoots.

Walked along the motorway for about two and a half hours and then managed to nab an empty taxi home. Went back to the gaff, had a few zoots, then off to bed.

Saturday - got to see Oneman and Flying Lotus for free at XOYO in Old Street.

All in all, I actually had a great weekend and have no bad feeling towards the organisers of Bloc. Got to hear a few alright acts, even if the turned out to be shite, and got to see Oneman and FlyLo.

The people who mouth off, especially those who weren't even at the festival, are clearly bell ends.

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images show up grand here until I link them, must be to stop fuckers like me hotlinking. cunts

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bad craic, that interview is just awkward - cest le vie, boat looked immense too!

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Chinese rape, that site is open all summer. Fill yer boots if you liked the place londonpleasuregardens....

Thing about this is that the reason the site was commisioned in the first place was to showcase what the uk had to offer in the way of entertainment to the people biting during the Olympics. Sounds like there is a lot of work needing done in the next two weeks!!

I'm sure people will be busting to get back to London once they've queued for 2 hrs to hear no music, pay a fiver for some chips and the same for a warm tin of beer in a site that's half finished.... NAT.

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To be fair, I failed to mention - in the end, the munchies got the better of my good self, and I elected to transact with the chip vendor, notwithstanding the fact that the pricing of her product could be described only as CHINESE RAPE.

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The food stalls looked bogging! 8 quid for a double gin and sprite in one of the tents, and the measures were shit. Told the wee girl I was on holiday from Belfast and our measures were 50mls and she gave me four shots. Legend.

Pretty sure the bar staff were sticking money in their pockets too. 5er for a warm tin of becks is a joke, irrespective of the rest of the disastrously bad fuck ups.

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5er for a warm tin of becks is a joke

instant FAIL

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Thank God no one was seriously injured.

That aside, it seems like a complete disaster on many different levels

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