That’s right, you read that headline correctly. Before you write off that headline as click bait, let’s back up for a second. A music festival by the name of Bloc Weekend in England has attracted thousands of attendees since its start in 2006, but it appears the eleventh anniversary edition of the festival, which was just held March 11 to 13, will be its last.
Bloc Weekend co-founder George Hull announced the festival’s end with an editorial posted on The Spectator, in which he denounced modern rave culture by labeling modern ravers as “too safe and boring,” arguing many festival attendees are now “spineless” hipsters, and repudiating such modern festival fixtures as early bird passes, early closing times due to noise ordinances, and “safe space” policies that protect the well-being of attendees.
With a 2016 billed topped by the likes of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, Floating Points, Four Tet, and more, Bloc Weekend will be sorely missed. Luckily many dance artists have come out to criticize Hull for his editorial and decision to end the festival, namely Chicago house DJ and producer The Black Madonna and British DJ Ben UFO. Hopefully Bloc Weekend’s end signals the beginning of more exciting events.
Rave promoter longs for the good old days, when ravers just got raped and harassed. Didn’t ask for safe spaces. https://t.co/ndOTF43LFi
— The Black Madonna (@blackmadonnachi) March 18, 2016
would rather hang out with kids who understand safe space policy and what it’s for than a grumpy old cunt who writes for the spectator
— Ben UFO (@BenUFO) March 18, 2016