The festival experience has come a long way in the last decade. Theassumption that three days of music in a muddy field constitutes afestival have long gone and the likes of All Tomorrow’s Parties haveopened the doors for more civilised (although the term is used loosely)affair in the comfort of your own chalet, with no teenagers celebratingtheir GCSE results in sight.
Although until recently this waslimited to just guitar music, a new crop of festivals have emerged inrecent years for ravers to descend on holiday camps and watch excitingelectronic music without the purchase of wellies. As well as BangfaceWeekend there is BLOC, showcasing a truetour de force of what is exciting about dance music in 2010, in the surroundings of Butlins Minehead, over sixstages.
To merely point out the highlights would do littlejustice on what is an incredibly strong line up. There’s the currentflavour of the month in 22-year-old Glaswegian Joy Orbison, whose single HyphMyngo was awarded 2009 single of the year in several end of year polls andpromises some wonderful things in the coming months. There’s also cult favourites Autechre, dupstepgenius Flying Lotus, kings of grime Boy Better Know andthe highly tipped Rustie.
Cult London clubnights DiscoBloodbath, Mulletover and FWD will all also be showcasing theirfavourites, the latter featuring former Mercury winner MsDynamite, Roska and Zinc.
From the old skoolthere’s the genius addition of Salt-n-Pepa (their first UK gigthis century), Grandmaster Flash, Model 500 and BeastieBoys long time collaborator Mixmaster Mike.
All thisand that’s without mentioning minimal goddess Ellen Allien, grimestar-turned-pop superstar Wiley, italo disco loveliness fromLindstrm and Roots Manuva showcasing tracks from hisupcoming new long-player.
Add to that a 24 hour pub, swimmingpools and a beach across the road and you can expect some sore heads on the wayhome come Monday morning.
BLOC 2010 takes place from 12th to 14th March at Butlins Minehead. Tickets and further information can be found on the BLOC site.