Mad Decent Block Party Delivers a More Than Decent Time


Mad Decent Block Party Delivers a More Than Decent Time

by Freesia DeNaples


Some sort of storm hit Rawhide Western Town in Chandler this past Friday: the dust was shifted in ways it had never been shifted before, debris and remains covered every visible spot, and the noise was deafening. This was no hurricane, tornado, or haboob; this was Mad Decent Block Party.

Big stars like Diplo, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, Waka Flocka Flame, STRFKR, and Zeds Dead were on the lineup for the Friday night show, promising that no show would sound the same.

A large group was picked up outside of El Hefe on Mill Avenue at 6:40 by a Red Bull bus, and the energy inside the bus was contagious. Music blasted through the speakers as people stood on the upper deck, sat on the lower, and danced up and down the walkways.

Ariel Gutierrez, a rider on the bus, admitted that this was the first EDM/rave style music festival he’s ever been to.

“I’m excited to try something new, and the ride here is just getting me even more excited,” said Gutierrez. “This will definitely be different than the Fall Welcome Concert.”

Free Red Bulls were provided for riders, and after hitting a little bit of traffic while exiting the freeway, we arrived at Rawhide just in time for the end of Big Gigantic’s set.

The first thing I noticed was the diversity of the crowd: boys sporting pink snapbacks and basketball jerseys, girls in tutus and flower crowns, groups wearing some of the most scandalous outfits I’ve ever seen, and then groups wearing outfits that I would wear to class.

The one thing everyone had in common? They were all here to have a good time.

Tanis Studt, age 21, said this was pretty typical for this type of concert.

“I love going to raves and EDM shows, especially because you can wear whatever and be whoever you want and there is a good chance you will fit right in,” said Studt.

As Big Gigantic cleared off the stage, STRFKR took their place, and the crowd melted into the slow, chill vibes that the band let off. Some thought that this pace was a little too slow, but it felt like a much-needed break from what was to come as the night continued.

And so it was. From 8:40 to midnight, the intensity was turned up to ten, with trap, rap, dubstep, and remixes of everyone’s favorite songs, including “We Dem Boyz,” “Love Sosa,” and “Get Low”.

Diplo was definitely the biggest attraction: he played all of his popular songs, including “Revolution” and “Freak” and also remixed enough songs for everyone to have a good time. Dancers joined him up on stage and the lights that were included in his set were mesmerizing.

Zeds Dead ended the show with one of the loudest sets of the night, which focused on remixes and heavy beats.

Sarah Flattery, age 19, praised the show after it had ended.

“That was definitely one of the best shows I’ve been to in a while,” she said while drinking as much water as she could. “I’m exhausted right now, which is usually a pretty good sign that you’ve been having a fun time.”

Mad Decent Block Party is an event that only comes to your town once a year, and it’s something that everyone should try to go to at least once.

“I’ve been to Mad Decent twice, and every time is a different experience,” said Flattery, “You really never know what you’re going to get.”