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BLOC 2012

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Global superstar, cultural phenomenon and rap’s most charismatic frontman Snoop
Dogg needs little introduction, such is his overwhelming presence in music history.
Alongside Dr Dre, he was responsible for launching the classic west coast sound
into the homes of millions, and has managed to stay at the forefront of his game

Snoop is a universally adored figurehead in recent years, a loveable mix of pop
culture icon and Yoda-esque ghetto guru with an ear for a P-Funk hook and a drawl
like no-one else on earth. More unusually still, he’s kept his credibility, managing
to perform surreal stunts (like last year’s youtube video for Wales’s giant vegetable
growing record holder) while still churning out epochal, high-quality hits such
as ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’. A true institution and utterly unique star of our times,
Snoop’s exclusive Bloc show comes ahead of his latest album, ‘Reincarnated’.

Richie Hawtin
It’s been a long time coming, but finally, high emperor of techno Richie Hawtin is
playing at Bloc. A tireless ambassador for techno music’s forward-looking potential
and one of the genre’s few DJs who can truly take control of vast crowds and put
them under his spell, Hawtin’s ascent began a few years after the first wave of
Detroit techno artists blew his mind at the legendary Music Institute. He quickly set
up his own outpost for the work of fellow techno acolytes including Dan Bell, Kenny
Larkin and Speedy J – the label Plus 8 – before transforming the scene’s direction
with his timeless Plastikman productions.

Austere, tripped-out, and unlike any dance music around, Plastikman heralded a
new minimalist approach that remains central to techno and its innumerable related
subgenres to this day. Renowned for his constant search for something ‘new’,
his Minus label has been a world-beating springboard for artists like Magda, Troy
Pierce, and many more, working a close knit mentality into its aesthetic to create an
evolving but distinctive ‘Minus’ sound along the way. As a DJ, his scope is perhaps
broader but equally singular, forensically deconstructing tracks into component
parts and rebuilding them for the one-off experience that is a Richie Hawtin DJ set.

Steve Reich
There are few living composers more influential on modern electronic music than Steve
Reich. Ostensibly from a modern classical background, but with a reach that spreads
from the most avant-garde experiemental music to straight up pop, his work from
the 1960s onwards essentially mapped-out the entire spectrum of “minimalist” music
while inspiring subgenres as divergent as techno and hip-hop. From early tape loop
compositions to the singular ensemble works of the 1970s and the dense orchestral
and voice compositions of the 1980s and ’90s, Reich has amassed a body of work
both incredibly diverse and instantly recognizable, twisting the very ideas of what
constitutes ‘music’ into wild and uncharted forms. His work has had an impact on
everyone from Kraftwerk to Jeff Mills to the latest wave of minimalist dubsteppers, all of
whom have taken Reich’s principles of rewiring existing sound sources in unimaginable
new ways and developed their own inspired visions as a result. A towering titan of
musical exploration, 2012 marks the composer’s 75th birthday, and we’re honoured
to have Reich and the Bang On a Can All Stars perform an exclusive UK festival show at

The world’s most well-regarded avant garde ensemble, Bang On A Can All Stars are a
fluid group of instrumentalists drawn from the famed New York festival of the same
name. A major force in the presentation of new concert music, Bang On A Can has
presented hundreds of musical events worldwide, with The San Francisco Chronicle
stating that the event is “the country’s most important vehicle for contemporary music.”
Their parallels with the world of quality electronic music are manifest, most pertinently
in the ensemble’s 12-hour performances, where audience members are invited to come
and go as they please, and also in their avoidance of mainstream content in favour
of lengthy, hypnotically experimental works. The ensemble’s finest musicians have
been plucked to accompany Reich on his 2012 tour, revisiting some of his finest works
alongside a smattering of their own idiosyncratically brilliant compositions.

2. Lineup recap

Snoop Dogg / Orbital / Richie Hawtin / Flying Lotus / Jeff Mills /
Squarepusher / Battles / Gary Numan / Joker

Resident Advisor:

Ricardo Villalobos / Steve Reich / Nicolas Jaar / A.T.O.L. / Carl Craig – 69
/ Scuba / Apparat band / Shackleton / Ellen Allien / Four Tet / Sandwell
District / Digital Mystikz / Clark / Actress / Martyn / Xhin / Daniel Stefanik

Aus Music:

Will Saul / Mosca / Appleblim / T. Williams / Midland / Dusky


Jamie Jones / Art Department / Steffi / Geddes

James Blake / Space Dimension Controller / Untold / Pariah

Plex vs Perc Trax

Monolake / Surgeon / Truss / Objekt / Lucy / Cosmin TRG / Perc / Truss /
James Tec / Luke Handsfree

Numbers Vs Swamp81

Jackmaster b2b Joy Orbison / Hudson Mohawke DJ / Loefah / Boddika /
Addison Groove / Oneman / Pinch / Deadboy / Redinho / Spencer /


Jacques Greene / Levon Vincent / Tiki Man with Scion / L Vis 1990 b2b Bok


Hype Williams / Kode 9 / Ikonika / Coolie G / Terror Danjah / Scratcha DVA


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