Bloc Weekend comes down

Baselogic Productions went into administration yesterday after their popular electronic festival, Bloc Weekend, was shut down in the early hours of Saturday July 7, just before headliner Snoop Dogg was due to perform.

The festival was closed down after organisers and police deemed the site at London Pleasure Gardens was unsafe for the public and blamed overcrowding. Police had said that the inclement and unpredictable weather was also to blame for the early closure of the festival.

Baselogic Productions released a statement on the Bloc website saying “It is with great sadness that we announce Baselogic Productions (who you all know as Bloc) has been placed into administration following the events of Friday evening. The team are working hard with the administrators to investigate the issues that led to the closure of the event and people will be updated as and when we have new information. We ask that you allow the administrators time to conduct a thorough investigation so we can establish the facts.”

Some of the acts that were supposed to perform during the three day festival with Snoop Dogg were reputable musicians including Steve Reich, Orbital, Squarepusher and Gary Numan. Past acts have included Autechre, Aphex Twin and Four Tet.

Bloc’s ticketing provider Crowdsurge managed to sell just 15, 796 tickets for the first night before it claims it was ordered to stopped scanning tickets on the door a short while before the the closure, which left many frustrated fans in the dark about whether or not they would get to see their favourite artists peform.

Jamie Playford, administrator for Baselogic Productions said: “It is important that we understand the full facts including what funds will be available to creditors and ticketholders and to ensure the information we provide about the next stages of administration is clear and concise”.

The investigation continues into whether ticket holders will get their money back.

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