's Mad Decent Block Party 2016 is currently on tour and made its way to Coney Island's MCU Park for two days this past weekend. We attended on Saturday which included acts Alison Wonderland, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Fki IST, Gryffin (DJ), Neo Fresco and Tory Lanez. Sunday included Big Wild, Boi-1da, Boombox Cartel, DJ Snake, Kesha, Paty Khan, Slushii and Zeds Dead -- Oh, and SURPRISE
, our beloved Drake also made a surprise appearance during Boi-1da's set.
I am not a huge EDM-enthusiast. I can appreciate good dance singles like Calvin Harris' "This Is What You Came For" or anything from Major Lazer or Flume, but you'll never see me religiously popping molly at Ultra in Miami for an entire three days. Seriously, who has energy for that? The only way I can get really hyped during a song is if I have some sort of emotional connection to it -- lyrics to sing along to, nostalgic memories, anything.
It gets difficult when I have to hear the same generic, aggressive 4/4 beat for a whole set. And I'll be honest, a lot of Mad Decent was just that, but surprisingly worked. Maybe it's because I was only there for one day as opposed to three, or maybe because we were surrounded by Coney Island and all of its iconic roller coaster glory. A big part of it had to do with the people, which was the most unexpected part. There we soooo many bros
, but they were actually so polite, and I went into it expecting to see a lot of neon tutus, but I only ended up seeing two! EDM crowds are often perceived as pushy, drug-ridden, or over-sexual. Except for the third one... it's all pretty much false. But hey, what's wrong with a little love!
Onto the music, I was so excited for Tory Lanez, but man, what a disappointment. I don't think Lanez actually finished one song. All we wanted was to hear some music, but instead what we got was Lanez ranting on about how grateful he was for his success. At one point he dove all the way into the back of the crowd, and we were like, "Oh cool, something's about to happen," but no, he was just chilling there. When he started "Say It," a song that most fans were anticipating, he barely sang and kept pausing the music so we could sing a lot. It's a fun party trick, but he over-did it to the point where the crowd was singing a cappella. Tory Lanez's entire set was total silence and confusion.
Dillon Francis came to save the day with a killer set. I saw him back in 2013 at Governors Ball and he was great back then, so it was awesome to see him only go up from there. Francis along with Diplo ended the night the right way, with raging beats and ~good vibes, man~.
So much beer was spilt on me, so much sweat (mine or other people's? Who knows?) was on me. But bad body odor is a normal occurrence at these things, and there is no judgement. When you go to a rock show and you dance a lot, people tend to look at you like you're weird, but here, it's a totally different environment. The more you dance, the more you blend in. And when the music is good, you tend to notice less of that stuff. Besides getting my $30 Kat Von D lipstick taken away at security check (apparently it's a good spot to hide drugs, although they could see I was wearing the same shade) and Tory Lanez's atrocious set, it was a comfortable and fun night. Thanks to Diplo for throwing one hell of a party.
Mad Decent Block Party is still on tour, check out the dates below to see when they're coming to you:
August 13: Philadelphia, PA / Festival Pier at Penns Landing
August 19: Toronto, ON / Fort York Garrison Commons
August 20: Detroit, MI / Russell Industrial Center
August 21: Chicago, IL / Firstmerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
August 26: Dallas, TX / Club Zouk Outside Lot
September 3: Denver, CO / Red Rocks Amphitheater
September 4: Kansas City, MO / KC Live at Power & Light
September 9: Eugene, OR / Cuthbert Amphitheater
September 10: Berkley, CA / Greek Theare at UC Berkeley
September 16: Phoenix, AZ / Rawhide
September 17: Phoenix, AZ / Rawhide
October 21: Los Angeles, CA / LA Center Studios