Bloc Weekend cancelled amid crows safety fears - it will not re-open today
Bloc Weekend opened its gates to the public yesterday, the event had moved from its previous home and relocated amid fanfares and plenty of festival hype to London's Pleasure Gardens.
On arrival at the event festival-goers faced long queues just to get in, a lack of security left people to their own decides which resulted in chaos. Reports also suggest that the event was seriously overcrowded.
A statement issued by the festival organisers reads:
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.
A further statement has been released on the London Pleasure Gardens website:
We can confirm that this morning at 00:45, following advice from the Metropolitan Police, Bloc was subject to a controlled shut down due to health and safety concerns. The event will not reopen.
Our number one concern is always public safety, and sometimes tough decisions need to be made by on-site security, but we always act as we believe is necessary at the time to best protect visitors.
An investigation is underway.
The event was due to be headlined by Snoop Dogg last night but he did not perform as the festival was cancelled before he was able to get on stage.
How on earth could experienced festival organisers have got this so very wrong?