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      Watch the History of Bloc Weekender in New Documentary ‘Dancing on Carpets’

      December 16, 2016

      Earlier this year, the long-running UK festival Bloc Weekender wrapped up its last-ever event, and not long after, its promoters, in partnership with documentary producers Clouded Vision, shared a trailer for its historical documentary, Dancing on Carpets. Now, the short film is here to view in full...

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      Earlier this year, the long-running UK festival Bloc Weekender wrapped up its last-ever event, and not long after, its promoters, in partnership with documentary producers Clouded Vision, shared a trailer for its historical documentary, Dancing on Carpets. Now, the short film is here to view in full, courtesy of Boiler Room.

      Bloc was founded in 2007 by two club promoters from Norfolk, Alex Benson and George Hull. It took place at Butlins, a family-friendly holiday camp with extracurricular activities including arcade games and a water park (both of which are seen being enjoyed by attendees throughout the 24-minute film). The documentary, which is billed as chronicling its "absurd highs and controversial lows," features laser-filled footage from its music programming, and also features appearances from artists including Egyptian Lover, Skream, Laurent Garnier, Seth Troxler, and Snoop Dogg.

      Benson and Hull also address some of the larger controversies that have arisen over the years, including the 2012 incident at London Pleasure Gardens, which led to Bloc being shut down on its first night for safety reasons. Hull also offers another apology for the scathing op-ed he wrote for Spectator this year, in which he criticized the festival's younger, "spineless hipster" demographic—THUMP's own Angus Harrison, wrote a rebuttal to the article.

      Watch Dancing on Carpets above.

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