Taking on two days of Mad Decent Block Party did not seem easy, but I was up to the task (although my liver, on the other hand, was not). As I was mentally preparing to attend both days of Mad Decent’s New York City tour stops, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. As the label is spearheaded by Diplo himself, I knew that there was a decent amount of debauchery to take place.
As I was arriving fashionably late, the weather started to get ugly, and by ugly I mean a torrential downpour. For the safety of attendees, the event organizers put a temporary hiatus on the show while everyone took cover and tried to stay as dry as possible. Many took this as an excuse to visit one of the many food vendors inside MCU Park, or load up on very fairly priced beers–I’m talking beers the size of my head (which you would have seen if you followed us on Snapchat-add us at “Noiseprn.”) After the sun started to come back out, Gryffin brought the crowd back down onto the floor with an uplifting DJ set that brought everyone’s spirits right back up. Alison Wonderland took over shortly after and (as always) gave Brooklyn her all. Playing everything from Sophie to Mr. Carmack to a boatload of her own emotionally-charged originals, it was one for the books. Closing out the night were Diplo and Dillon Francis, who made 14,000 people go absolutely nuts for the rest of the night.
So, Drake showed up. And yes, in case you were wondering, it was lit. He took over Boi-1da’s set to perform “Jumpman,” “Energy,” “Back To Back,” and his DJ Khaled collab “For Free.” No one was prepared for this, as he came out of nowhere. And I mean literally nowhere, as I’m pretty sure that he appeared out of thin air and then left just as quickly as he arrived, in true Drake fashion. Other performers included Party Khan (Valentino Khan/Party Favor), Slushii, DJ Snake, Zeds Dead and more. Also, if you were wondering if Ke$ha really performed and what she spent her thirty minute slot doing, it’s exactly as you would have guessed. “Your Love Is My Drug,” “Tik Tok” and more had everyone not sure if they should sing along or just awkwardly stand there and wonder what has led them to this moment. While it wasn’t exactly earth-shattering, it was still fun and good to see Ke$ha get back into the swing of things after her recent slew of legal troubles.
Overall, Mad Decent Block Party was a large event with an intimate vibe that had little or no kinks to be worked out. Although it will probably take me three days until I feel human again, it is safe to say that I would 100% return. Mad Decent continues to make its way across the US for more Block Parties, and after the experience I had in a random stadium in New York, I can only imagine what they have planned for their forthcoming first-ever Beach Party in Riviera Maya, Mexico.