In his 75th birthday year, Steve Reich is perhaps more revered than ever – and his reputation as a forefather not only of the contemporary classical scene but also of much modern electronic and dance music is cemented (if it needed cementing) by his upcoming appearance at London’s Bloc Weekender (6-7 July).
This year taking place for the first time in the docklands environment of London’s Pleasure Gardens, and even commandeering a German ex-fishing vessel for one of its club spaces, Bloc 2012 boasts a blinding line-up densely populated with the cream of current electronic artists, DJs and producers, from Four Tet to Carl Craig, Actress to Nicolas Jaar.
Among headliners including Orbital and Gary Numan, Reich’s appearance with the 25-year-old collective Bang on a Can All-Stars is one of the festival’s must-sees.
Reich’s influence, consciously absorbed or otherwise, is evident in the work of many other billings at the festival, and his presaging of everything from minimal techno to dubstep in its more forward-thinking guise cannot be underestimated.
His presence on the Friday night (6 July) gives extra depth to an already stellar programme – and we can’t wait to see what happens when these two giants of cutting-edge composition collide.
You can check out a fascinating interview with the man himself here.
London Pleasure Gardens, Royal Victoria Docks
Weekend tickets (£99) and day tickets (£55) for both the Friday and Saturday are available here.