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bitcoin beerBlockStock, the UK’s first Bitcoin festival, starts on Friday 12th September, in Shoreditch, to raise awareness of bitcoin as a digital currency. The ten-day festival is a celebration of Bitcoin as well as a series of events, activities, special offers, seminars and exhibitions interconnected with everyday high street businesses such as shops, pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes.

Created by two Bitcoin enthusiasts and supported by the London Borough of Hackney, BlockStock takes place in the heart of Tech City, Europe’s largest tech hub. Bitcoiners and those interested in Bitcoin will be able to purchase tickets to gigs and comedy shows, dine out, buy coffee, book yoga classes, attend creative workshops and a whole manner of ‘everyday’ things with the digital currency during BlockStock.

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Bitcoin accepting businesses for the BlockStock festival include The Brew co-working spaces that has five locations in Shoreditch; Gallery and restaurant, The Proud Archivist; bar and live music venue Zigfrid von Underbelly on Hoxton Square; The Dictionary Hostel on Kingsland Road, and more.

198 businesses accept Bitcoin in the UK, though the majority of these are based online. BlockStock has been encouraging ‘real world’ businesses to accept Bitcoin and to benefit from the digital currency’s zero/low transaction fees, it’s risk free environment (i.e. chargebacks are not possible), and uplift of sales from Bitcoiners looking to spend their Bitcoin.


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BlockStock co-Founder, Justina Cruickshank said:

“BlockStock is about showcasing how normal Bitcoin is. Hopefully, we’ll see more people reading about Bitcoin, exploring its features, and buying the digital currency as a result of the festival. Because as a technology, Bitcoin is incredibly useful and has vast potential for a variety of political, social and economic reasons. So, we’d also like to see participating businesses continue to accept Bitcoin after the festival as it’ll help encourage more of the public to take the very simple and easy step to being part of the future of money.”

For more information about the merchants accepting Bitcoin and the events taking place during BlockStock, visit www.BlockStock.co.uk

Image from Shutterstock.

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Posted by Jonas Borchgrevink

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