Bloc Weekend, which kicked off last night at London's Pleasure Gardens, has been shut down due to crowd safety concerns.
The 15,000 capacity festival which was set to feature sets from Orbital, Snoop Dogg, Gary Numan, Battles and a host of other electronic acts, was dogged with crowd control problems from the word go, which reportedly stemmed from a confusing ticketing process.
Last night Twitter (#bloc/#bloc2012) was rammed with confused, angry and upset festival-goers, who were left in the dark by the organisers, their own social media feeds continuing as if nothing was awry. Some reports even suggest that the stampede caused injuries, and possibly something more serious.
The festival organisers have since released the following statement via their Facebook page/Official Site:
"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."