Glastonbury 2024: Block9 Is Back And Better Than Ever

Our full breakdown of the festival's wildest corner...

As anyone who’s been to Glastonbury before knows, when the sun sets over Worthy Farm, it’s time to march straight to Block9, the festival’s epicentre of late-night energy and avant-garde artistry. But this year Block9 promises an even more electrifying experience with a much-anticipated return of the Genosys stage, an NYC Downlow day party (say whaaat) and a collaboration with iconic fashion designer Katharine Hamnett. Here’s what you can expect this year from the wildest corner of Glastonbury this year.

The grand return of Genosys

After a five-year hiatus, Genosys stage is back to dominate Block9 West. This towering brutalist masterpiece, a homage to the birth and evolution of analogue electronic music, is set to be a hub of groundbreaking performances. Friday kicks off with Chicago superstar Honey Dijon presenting GENOSYS RETURNS. Saturday features polymath DJ and queer icon Madison Moore making his Glastonbury debut, alongside the soulful sounds of London’s Eliza Rose and Berlin’s rising star Bashkka. On Sunday, Genosys will transform into a platform for political protest through music, celebrating the 35th anniversary of Nottingham’s legendary DiY Sound System with performances from OK Williams, Adonis resident Hannah Holland, A Guy Called Gerald, and Felix Dickinson.Block9 founders Gideon Berger and Stephen Gallagher state: “Genosys was last at Block9 in 2019 so lots of people will never have experienced it before. We have spent the last year rebuilding it ready for its triumphant return and have some amazing artists coming to join the party.”

NYC Downlow: Day party 

The NYC Downlow, Glastonbury’s iconic club space playing the best in underground queer music, is expanding its offerings with its first-ever Downlow Day Party. Headlined by New York legend François K (Body & Soul), the Saturday event promises to be pure vibes, featuring Sean McCabe and Dungeon Meat. As night falls, of course the party continues with performances from Kings Of Tomorrow, Jeff Mendoza, and DJ Spen. The venue’s 1982 New York bathhouse meets meatpacking warehouse aesthetic provides the perfect backdrop for this unmissable celebration of queer culture.

The Meat Rack: Doubling the sleaze

IYKYK, hidden behind the NYC Downlow, The Meat Rack has doubled in size, promising even more sleazy backroom beats and secret antics. With selectors like Wallace, Peach, and Smokin Jo, this space is dedicated to the ultimate underground dance experience.

IICON: A vision of the future

In Block9 East, IICON stands as a colossal testament to the digital age’s terrifying new realities. This immersive audio-visual arena features state-of-the-art video mapping and a lineup of cutting-edge artists. Highlights include BICEP’s CHROMA (AV DJ set), techno queen Carista, and drum ‘n’ bass legends Roni Size and Goldie

Katharine Hamnett collaboration

Block9’s collaboration with Katharine Hamnett brings a powerful political edge to this year’s festivities. Known for her bold slogans and impactful graphic designs, Hamnett’s “VOTE” campaign will take centre stage in Block9, urging festival-goers to harness the power of their vote. She will even be hosting a booth to answer any reveller’s questions. With the upcoming UK election set to be a pivotal moment. 

Whether you’re raving at the resurrected Genosys stage, getting lost in underground house at NYC Downlow, or immersing yourself in the futuristic world of IICON, Block9 2024 is set to be an unforgettable experience, blending cutting-edge music, art, and activism. Prepare to dive into the most exciting and boundary-pushing part of the festival, where every corner holds the promise of something extraordinary.

Words: Max Cocking

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