Back at the start of August it was announced that the hotly tipped London Pleasure Gardens were closing their doors to the public after the company went into administration. And now the organisers of the failed Bloc Festival have spoken out.
You’ll probably remember that Bloc was the opening event at the Pleasure Gardens. The free festival which was shut down after a few hours because of safety fears and overcrowding.
For the first time since it was announced that the 35,000 capacity venue in Newham was closing down organisers have spoken out about what they think went wrong. Problems apparently started when more people than expected turned up to the ticketed event. A combination of over sold tickets and people wanting to try and get in without one meant that staff were told to abandon ticket scanning and just let everyone in. Immediately the venue was over crowded causing safety concerns.
As well as this the organisers have also blamed the fact that much of the infrastructure within the site was not finished in time for the opening. Of this the organisers have said that it is, ‘no secret that there were serious delays associated with the building of the London Pleasure Gardens site’. They then added, ‘there is no doubt that these delays severely compromised our efforts to deliver a successful production’.