Bloc Party - A weekend out of the city

Bloc Party

'Alluding to a stadium moment is not something to be ashamed of,' grins Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke, 'if it can be done well . . .'

The band's 'agit-jitter guitar pop' not only led to their 2005 debut album Silent Alarm selling a million copies, it also won them an earnest reputation as a truly impressive, expansive rock band standing head and shoulders above a sea of 'landfill indie' mediocrity.

'We're seen as a polite and serious band,' says Okereke. 'But I wanted to do something that wasn't about that at all. I think there's great validity in telling people that you don't have to try and over-intellectualise everything.'

The band, which includes guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist Gordon Moakes and drummer Matt Tong, flirted with dance beats on their last single 'Flux' which served as a snack to chew on as the foursome lay the groundwork for their third album, but the heart of the band, despite any digtal flirtations remains Tong's feverish rhythms and Okereke's distinctive, baleful tones.

Describing themselves as 'melodic and dark, danceable yet powerful, something that will keep you yelling for more', Bloc Party's stadium moment could well be happening right in front of us, under the watchful eye of Inveraray Castle.

Oyster Stage, Sat.

Bloc Party

Post-punk politicists from London.


Returning for a second year after its successful debut the boutique festival has corralled headliners Kasabian, Manic Street Preachers, Bloc Party, Paolo Nutini, Grinderman, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros and Goldfrapp. There will be five stages: 'The Oyster stage', 'Guitars and other Machines', 'Manicured Noise', 'Unknown…

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