Mad Decent Block Party

Article by: Alexa Smith

Sun August 17, 2014 | 00:00 AM

The 7th annual Mad Decent Block Party is currently in full swing, bringing maximum rachetness to 22 different cities across America this summer. Hosted by the king of twerking himself, Diplo has created a unique festival brand that continues to expand each year. Trap fans everywhere leap at the chance to grab tickets to this mostly sold out event.

The event originated in Diplo’s hometown of Philadelphia in 2008 as a traditional city style block party thrown for his record record label, Mad Decent, in response to the roots summer picnic that Diplo played at. The party brought 1,000 locals together in the DJ’s front yard where they took part in stereotypical block party activities. Families grilled on the street and kids were played double dutch all while the DJ’s spun for the crowd.

Diplo 2 Benjamin Chodroff Flickrcc

Photo by Benjamin Chodroff via Flickr Creative Commons

The event was never created for business purposes. The idea was always for the MDBP to be unpretentious, a more “anything goes” environment in intimate venues.The team wanted to bring fresh new artists with different party music to the table for a change from the typical commercial dance music. The now extremely well-known trap duo Flosstradamus even got their start by playing the first MDBP.

Fans were able to attend the event for free until 2013 year when the label decided to capitalize on it’s rapidly increasing popularity. This was the year where Diplo took the event to the next level with stops in 13 cities. However, what makes this tour so unique is the label strives to continue the vibes of the original block party by choosing venues that feel like neighborhoods in an effort to stay away from being too commercial.

This year MDBP has seen it’s biggest expansion yet with new stops in Norfolk, Boston, Nashville, New Orleans, Pheonix, Berkeley, Eugene, and Vancouver. The Philadelphia installment, however, will always be one of Diplo’s favorite stops since it’s his hometown. He was even quoted in an MDBP recap video stating Philly had the craziest crowd.

The full 2014 lineup features major names such as Outkast, Bro Safari, Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Flume, Flux Pavillion, Fatboy Slim, Laidback Luke, Wolfgang Gartner, Zeds Dead, and of course, Diplo with only a handful DJ’s playing in each city. Possibly the most highly anticipated artist on the lineup is Skrillex and Diplo’s supergroup Jack U. Even though they played at MDBP in San Diego last year, the duo recently gained major popularity after their flawless Ultra Music Festival set went viral. Unfortunately for most, only the lucky ticket holders of Dallas MDBP will be able to catch their set.

With 8 stops down and 14 more to go (including Vegas, which happens today), there’s still time to check out the madness for yourself! You won’t want to miss out on the insanity that is the Mad Decent Block Party.