Alex Benson
co-founder, Bloc festival and Bloc organisation

Alex’s background is in rave promotion, founding the Bloc festival in 2007 which brought thousands of people together in annual secular transcendence ceremonies between 2007 and 2017.

In 2012, he founded a permanent home for Bloc by renovating a disused furniture factory and repurposing it as one of the last late-licensed venues in London.

Gradually the Bloc organisation acquired leasehold interests to five more buildings around the club, stripping, rebuilding and running them as affordable workspace sites for east London’s creative industries. The club, waterfront and buildings now comprise a community of about 100 startup businesses, artists and musicians over 50,000 square feet.

Follow Alex on Twitter @jha1apbunit3