The Mad Decent Block Party Tour hit Brooklyn last weekend and was a tremendous success. Thousands of people descended upon Coney Island for great live music from livetronica group Big Gigantic, DJ Dillon Francis, rapper and DJ Diplo, international sensation DJ Snake, Chicago duo Flosstradamus, bass DJ Grandtheft, rapper Vic Mensa, and dancehall artist Walshy Fire.
The tour has been making its way across the country since the end of July, and will hit Nashville, Detroit, Las Vegas, Denver, and many, many other cities through the end of September. There is even a Canadian show – Sept. 21 in Vancouver – and the Mad Decent Boat Party sailing from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas and Great Stirrup Cay in November.
The Mad Decent Block Party Tour is in its seventh year, but remains one of the less commercialized festivals. Walshy Fire said the festival series is a great time, for those who are hip to it.
“It’s the craziest event in the summertime,” he told BET’s “106 and Park.”
“It’s under the radar, a lot of people don’t know about it.”
Vic Mensa also commented on the tour’s crazy, party hard atmosphere.
“You know [Mad Decent Block Party Tour founder] Diplo has a crazy reputation,” he said. “I guess what makes it special is that no-holds-barred attitude that the entire festival has. It’s just crazy, crazy, crazy the whole time. It doesn’t stop. The pace don’t stop.”
It’s clear that both the attendees and the performing artists have an amazing time on the tour.
“We’re like a touring crew of homies,” Flosstradamus’ J2K said. “We get to be with Snake, be with Dillon... we’ve toured with Dillon so many years... be with Diplo... and just get to be with our boys and see all of our friends over, and over, and over again. It’s a crazy party.”
“It’s kind of cool because, like Josh said, we’re all family,” Autobot added. “But there’s also a little bit of competition in between everybody. But it’s all friendly competition; there’s no hate.”
Some of the Mad Decent Block Party Tour stops are 21 and up, others are 18 or 16 and up, while others have no age requirement. Tickets average between $40 and $100, and are selling out fast. Tickets are still available for the Aug. 22 show in Denver that will feature Grammy Award-winning group, Outkast! Diplo, Djemba Djemba, Flosstradamus, GRiZ, Mr. Carmack, LIZ, Riff Raff, Run the Jewels, and TINK also appear on the bill. Tickets for that show are available on AXS.