Following on from the absolute mess that was Bloc 2012 over the weekend (read our first hand account here), which saw the UK festival shut down by London Metropolitan Police on it's first night, organisers have issued a second statement, which apologises for the events that took place as well as outlining that frustrated punters will receive refunds. The statement reads:
“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.
More news soon.
The Bloc team x"
Despite the many rumours abound as to why Bloc was actually shut down by authorities - one of which being that the festival had massively over-sold tickets which led to over-crowding - the official word from the Met police press office is that they decided to pull the plug due to rain.
“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 that there were no fatalities at the festival, despite rumours to the contrary.
As FACT have pointed out, this statement from the police only confuses matters further. Surely it couldn't solely down to rain? This is London we're talking about.
What do you think? Were you there on Friday night? Let us know your reports and thoughts!
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