London’s Bloc festival was shut down due to rain, say police

The Met say that the weather was the problem and not overcrowding

The Metropolitan Police Department have issued an official statement to say that London’s Bloc festival was closed due to rain and not over-ticketing.

The electronic music event, which was shut down in the early hours of yesterday morning (July 7), issued a statement on its website.

The statement read: “By now everyone will have heard that Bloc 2012 was closed due to crowd safety concerns. We are all absolutely devastated that this happened, but the safety of everyone on site was paramount. Given the situation on the ground, we feel that it was the right decision to end the show early. Bloc will not open on Saturday 7th July so please don’t come to the site. Stand by for full information on refunds.”

However this afternoon, the Metropolitan Police Department’s press office told Dummy that: “The decision to close the venue was the festival organiser’s – though the Met were there to advise on the implications of either staying open or closing.”

The Met’s representative added that, “The problem stemmed from rain, and people hiding under cover during the showers, creating huge ‘pinch-points’. [This created the issues], rather than any over-ticketing.” The Met also confirmed there were no injuries or fatalities reported at the site, contrary to rumours on Twitter.

Prior to the cancellation, yesterday’s second and final day of Bloc 2012 was due to include performances from Battles, Gary Numan, Ellen Allien and a headline set from Orbital. The annual festival, devoted to electronic music of all genres, began in 2007, but this is the first year that it has taken place in London.