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Glastonbury’s Block9 to tour cities across the world with IICON

First Glastonbury, then a city near you...

Glastonbury’s famed clubbing beacon Block9 is unveiling an all new art and music project called IICON, to premiere at this year’s festival, with further events planned across the globe.

According to Block9, IICON will be “taking the form of a colossal, anonymised head — epic in scale, sinister in nature — IICON is a pseudo-religious monument to the terrifying new realities emerging in our digital, data-driven, post-truth age.”

Late last year, Block9 announced it would be massively growing in size, with a brand new additional field with room for a 15,000 person outdoor arena. Now it’s revealed the size increase will help accommodate IICON’s spectacular show, featuring sculpted and video-mapped artwork and stage. The lineup for IICON will be announced mid-May 2019, along with the rest of the Block9 field. Though you can expect everything from “glitch-funk algorave and post-dubstep IDM, to footwork, grime, electro and cyber-dub.”

Following its premiere at Glastonbury Festival 2019, IICON will be travelling to cities like London, New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Sydney, with an all-new new lineup in each metropolis. Promoters are calling IICON “part gig, part club, part art installation, part theatre,” for something completely new and immersive.

Along with the tour, IICON will return to Glastonbury Festival every year, including a special show in 2020 to help celebrate Glastonbury's 50th anniversary.  

Glastonbury is getting its own overhaul this year, with an “enormous” Victorian pier. Read more on that here. It has also has, in the past month, announced some incredibly strong line-ups for several of its dance areas, including The Common and Silver Hayes.