Diplo‘s long-running Mad Decent Block Party will break new international ground in 2018, with plans announced to touch down in Pakistan early next year. Since its inception 11 years ago, the event brand has expanded well beyond its humble Philly street party origins, growing into a 20+ stop mini-festival circuit by 2014, charting a cruise ship the following year, reaching Red Rocks, and eventually, India back in 2016. The label showcase scaled back down to a tightly curated two-city 10th anniversary this year, though the Major Lazer frontman officially revealed plans to ramp things back up with the Block Party’s Pakistani debut in February, breaking the news to fans via Twitter.
With MDBP’s newest stop just over one month away, expect firm dates and a lineup to land very soon. The upcoming event comes almost exactly two years after Diplo’s first career visit to Pakistan, playing a show alongside Elliphant and local Pakistani musicians Adil Omar and Talal Qureshi in the country’s capital, Islamabad. Diplo’s new venture in the Middle East could also signal more exciting news for Mad Decent Block Party’s stateside edition coming later in 2018.
Diplo has taken to his social medias to announce that a new international addition of his historic Mad Decent Block Party traveling festival will be taking place in 2018. This time he is traveling to the Middle East with the crew and taking over Pakistan. The event is historic for a few reasons. It is
What was originally supposed to be a one-off advertisement coaxing people to buy tickets for Diplo‘s annual Mad Decent Block Party just last year is now finally geared up to hit the airways as a full fledged television miniseries this Thursday, August 3 via Viceland.
“We all thought that would be it,” Van Der Beek explained to Rolling Stone—speaking of the promo mockumentary skit shenanigans that started it all.
But Viceland had something bigger in mind. ‘What Would Diplo Do?,’ will be the network’s breakout show in scripted programming. The ad was merely a glimpse of what’s to come.
“We all went back and thought about it and came to the conclusion, ‘Holy fuck, this could be a show,’” Van Der Beek remembered, telling Rolling Stone. “What I saw was: EDM genius sucks at life. Parables about life through the eyes of a clown.
Of course with all of the fun poking, Diplo had to give the ok for the new show.
“This show isn’t a reflection of myself,” said Diplo.
“It’s more of a reflection of my Twitter persona, which was always a joke. In the past few years, I left it alone because I didn’t think people understood the joke and took all my sarcasm seriously, so it wasn’t worth defending myself,” Diplo continued “but for a while it was pretty golden and this is a sort of social commentary on the social media and the EDM age.”
“I view it as sacrificing myself to poke fun at DJ/EDM culture as a whole,” says Diplo.
Contributing ideas over the course of the show’s filming often required signing off on particularly unflattering scenes and Diplo spares himself no expense. Where’s the fun in life, anyways, if one can’t make fun of onesself?
The way Van Der Beek sees it, the show relies on this willingness to be the butt of the joke.
Being called things like “righteous dick” was “the only way this show could have happened…. If there was any preciousness about him, it would’ve been impossible. He really had no boundaries in terms of making himself look bad. I actually had to bring him around to the idea that we don’t make him completely ridiculous,” said Van Der Beek. “We imbue him with some attributes that make him likable enough to want to hang out with him for more than just one episode.”
While understanding his influence in the industry Diplo suggests the show’s been created with a wider audience in mind,
“The Viceland audience is a wide net,” Diplo told Rolling Stone. “There’s people who go for the political, thought-provoking, challenging stuff. But then there’s people who just want to watch Action Bronson [host of Fuck, That’s Delicious] and have a good time… We wrote it for people that might not know anything about the music.”
This Thursday, August 3, fans will get to see just what the irony will bring forth and exactly what satirical-Diplo would do. Oh, and Dillion Francis too (who makes a cameo). Until then, everyone will just have to wait and see.
Before Mad Decent Block Party became the traveling festival extravaganza that it is today – it used to be a legitimate block party. Held off of Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia the first Mad Decent Block Party was designed for more or less a few hundred people. Due to relaxed laws on block parties in
Mad Decent Block Party, the legendary touring party thrown by the Diplo-owned label Mad Decent, is coming to one of the top venues in the country, Red Rocks.
Headliners include Alison Wonderland, Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer, Slumberjack, with more acts to be announced.
2017 marks the 10-year anniversary of Mad Decent Block Party, which was founded in Philadelphia – a market wherein MDBP still has a loyal fan base. Though the experience has grown tremendously in the time since, this year marks a significant downsizing for the festival tour, which will have two stops as opposed to last year’s fifteen.
This week, MDBP announced pre-sale tickets are on sale for MDBP Red Rocks, taking place on September 3.
Ten years ago, Diplo launched Mad Decent Block Party in Philadelphia, closing off one single street to host a free day party that featured a handful of hip-hop and dance acts, who were at the time still considered to be underground talents. Fast forward to a decade later and the Mad Decent Block Party had flourished into a booming country-wide touring circuit, and eventually, an ill-fated party cruise offshoot.
Now, as it comes time to celebrate the event’s 10-year anniversary, Mad Decent must dial back from last year’s 15 stops down to merely two. According to the label and event organizers, Mad Decent has not been able to completely avoid the effects of the so-called EDM bubble’s market over-saturation, and thus, their ten year milestone will only be celebrated in Philly and Colorado this year.
In a statement posted on Instagram, Mad Decent elaborates,
“Due to the overwhelming amount of festivals and dance events that now exist, talent and venues are limited for an event that is meant to be affordable to the masses. Because we only want to deliver a quality experience in a few markets this year, we have chosen to dial back Mad Decent Block Party to Philly and Denver for 2 special 10th anniversary events.
We put together an incredible lineup for our return to Red Rocks – Major Lazer, Cashmere Cat and Alison Wonderland to name a few – and all proceeds from Philly’s block party will be benefit Beyond The Bars, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit dedicated to bringing musical equipment and instruction to incarcerated and underserved youth.”
Performances from 4B, Flosstradamus, Slumberjack, Nadastrom and more are lined up for the Red Rocks and Philadelphia shows. The move seems to be a somewhat abrupt fall from grace for the Block Party brand, which expanded to India last year, and in 2014 made an impressive 22 stops across North America.
Surviving and thriving for a decade now, Mad Decent Block Party will look a little different this year, although with an added philanthropic angle and just two special dates, the event should be in higher demand in 2017 than any prior year.
Despite having a four-night engagement at Madison Square Garden for his “Summer Sixteen” tour with Future, Drake found himself with free time he was unwilling to waste. As a result, the Toronto native headed downtown to perform a small, impromptu set at the Brooklyn stop of the Mad Decent Block Party.
Drake’s set was fairly short, though he performed hits such as “Jumpman,” the diss track “Back to Back,” and his recent collaboration with DJ Khaled, “For Free.” The rapper finishes the MSG run of the “Summer Sixteen” tour August 8.
Fan-recorded clips of Drake’s performance at the Mad Decent Block Party are available below.
Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus have something big in the works. Curt, Josh, and Dillon have come together for brief moments as Dillstradamus in the past, most recently tag-teaming a set on Holy Ship earlier this year. Now it looks as though the trio are cementing the union with an official collaboration. Ahead of his headlining set at HARD Summer, Dillon helped kick off Mad Decent Block Party‘s annual summer circuit in Fort Lauderdale, deciding to crowd-test the nameless new tune to an unsuspecting, considerably smaller crowd.
The new work in progress finds the three producers in top-form, putting together a festival-primed, snare-firing trap weapon. The track breaks with snarling bass hits and a commanding “turn it up” sample spliced throughout. Presently, no official word has been given on the track’s release, but after a noteworthy live debut, it sounds like Flosstradamus and Dillon Francis are sitting on a completed project that could be on its way sooner than anyone thought.