Bloc distance themselves from founder’s “spineless hipster” comments

"That doesn't represent Bloc"

On Friday, George Hull, the co-founder of annual dance bash Bloc Festival blamed “uptight” and “spineless” hipsters for his decision to quit promoting raves.

The final Bloc Festival, which Hull founded with Alex Benson in 2007, took place at Butlin’s in Minehead earlier this month (March) with sets from Thom Yorke, Four Tet and Holly Herndon, among others.

“After more than ten years, though, we’ve regretfully decided to close down,” Hull has now written in an article for The Spectator. “And here’s why: young people these days just don’t know how to rave. They are too safe and boring.”

Bloc has now issued a statement, taking to Twitter to distance themselves from the comments. “Bloc is a collective. One guy from it wrote an article, and that doesn’t represent Bloc,” they began.

“Bloc extends a welcoming vibe to every single person who comes together to share in the experience. The vibe at every single rave, big or small, for the past ten years is testament to that. The kind of people who choose to go is testament to that.

“We were blown away by the crowd at this year’s weekender and want to sincerely thank you all.

“Love, power, respect, admiration – to you all.”