The announcement of the BLOC festival earlier this year was one of the most striking and ambitious of 2012. It takes place over Friday and Saturday in the London Pleasure Gardens, a new custom-built, hi-spec venue in Royal Victoria Docks that makes it sound unlike any other festival in the UK (some stages will be floating on water and we are promised spectacular audio-visual effects).
It offers uniqueness and exclusivity both in location and line-up. It has a dizzyingly good line up of acts, predominantly electronic in nature but with some additional wildcard entries. Flying Lotus, Orbital, Richie Hawtin, Snoop Dogg, Steve Reich, Gary Numan, Nicolas Jaar, Squarepusher, Four Tet, Actress and Battles are the names that initially spring from the page. You can get full details here; our full preview will appear soon.