Line-up posters have been revealed for the Block9 area at Glastonbury, which has tripled in size for this year’s festival. It will now occupy two adjacent fields and will feature new creation IICON.
IICON is a colossal, 65ft anonymised head billed as “pseudo-religious monument to the terrifying new realities emerging in our digital, post-truth age.” The sculptural artwork and stage will have a 6-point ambisonic sound system and be animated by state-of-the-art video mapping.
An audio/visual translation of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for The End of Time” will take place every night at IICON. The giant head will be taken on a world tour by Block9 in Autumn 2020, with organisers describing it as “part gig, part club, part art installation, part theatre”.
IICON line-up poster
Stephen Gallagher, the Block9 co-founder, previously told The Guardian: “It’s an alternative version of a big outdoor music arena. There are all the component parts of that type of thing, but it’s deconstructed. We are asking people to look at the world in a slightly different way.
“What we want to do is open the lid, turn the light on and let people re-examine the music they love but really don’t know anything about, so they become empowered to do something. It’s kind of a call to arms: stop messing around on Instagram and actually engage with the world around you.”
IICON has its own website where fans can subscribe to email updates on its upcoming world tour.
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