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Bloc Festival cancelled: dance event shut down by police amidst surging crowds

Posted at 1:00 pm, July 7, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment

The second day of Bloc Festival has been cancelled after the first night was closed down early.

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Festival goers reported enormous queues to enter the festival site, followed by further huge waiting to access the stages. Increasing overcrowding in the queuing area eventually led to gates being overrun, leading to further crowding on the site itself.

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Eventually the plug was pulled on the remainder of the evening and police were drafted in to evacuate exasperated attendees.

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By 1am the site was standing mostly empty, in contrast to the planned programme continuing until 6am.

These problems follow a muted reaction to the London Pleasure Gardens‘ free opening weekend last weekend, where some raised concerns about dust and disorganisation.

The organisers of Bloc have put the following statement on their website:
‘We are currently gathering information about Friday night’s events. We are also working to ensure that everyone will be refunded for their tickets.Please bear with us while we do this.

Thanks to all of you, as well as the many artists and crew who travelled across the world to come to Bloc – we are so sorry that we couldn’t deliver the experience we had planned.

And thanks so much to the event control, security, stewards, police and public who worked together to ensure that no one came to harm during the peaceful evacuation. This is far and away the most important result of the night. For those of you who are frustrated and angry – we hear you. For those sending love and support – thank you.’

We are sure there will be more conversations to come after last night. Did you go to Bloc or have tickets for today? Comment below and let us know your thoughts…

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