Bloc Festival founder says he’s quit promoting raves because of ‘uptight, spineless’ hipsters

George Hull says today's young people 'just don't know how to rave'

George Hull, the co-founder of annual dance bash Bloc Festival, has 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 The Spectator. “And here’s why: young people these days just don’t know how to rave. They are too safe and boring.”

Lamenting the fact that the more hardcore ravers of the 1980s and 1990s have now become middle-aged, Hull wrote: “Instead we have hipsters — a subculture so spineless that it had to borrow its name from its parents. Hipsters are an uptight bunch. They like dance music, but they lack the sense of abandon that made raving so much fun.”

“Hipsters drink less and look after themselves,” Hull added later in the article. “While I’m thankful that their puritanical leanings reduce what we call ‘welfare provision’, I cannot help but think they’re missing the point.”

Hull then concluded his article by writing: “Under the hipsters’ watch, dance music has become tedious and diluted. A monstrous cabal of overpaid circuit DJs titillating a precious and unimaginative bunch of wimpy pseudo-hedonists at a carefully designed ‘safe space’. In broad daylight. If that’s your idea of raving, you can keep it. I’m out.”