Posted in dance | hiphop | music on August 7, 2012

Diplo jumping off MHOW's balcony - 8/5/12 (via Diplo)

The Mad Decent Block Party returned to NYC this past Sunday (8/5), happening for the first time in the newly-christened Williamsburg Park instead of South Street Seaport, where it's been in previous years. Unfortunately, due to the storm that hit NYC on Sunday which picked up during Erol Alkan's set, the party was shut down early before headliners Major Lazer (the project of Mad Decent label boss Diplo). Before the party did get shut down, we got sets by Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Bonde Do Role, Lunice, Riff Raff, Baauer, and more. You can check out some videos of the performances and the rain below.

After MDBP's cancellation, Diplo tweeted that Major Lazer would do an extra long set at the afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which also had sets by Erol Alkan, Lunice, and Jim-E-Stack. The party got pretty crazy, as you can see in the picture above of Diplo jumping off MHOW's balcony, but it didn't appease everyone. One angry MDBP attendee took to his blog to say, "Diplo (Major Lazer) invited the attendees from the free all ages event to a $10/21+ after show......Thanks a ton MAD DECENT." Granted, MHOW is also significantly smaller than Williamsburg Park and the party was announced way before the weather shut down the block party so it would've been hard to get in regardless, but he has a point that it doesn't totally "make up" for the cancellation. Major Lazer will be back in NYC for a much larger (paid) show on October 27 at Terminal 5 too (tickets).

Videos below...


Mr. Muthafuckin' Exquire at Mad Decent Block Party NYC 2012

Mad Decent Block Party Rain

Mad Decent Block Party attendees fleeing from Gothamist on Vimeo.

Lunice at Mad Decent Block Block Party NYC 2012

Bonde Do Role at Mad Decent Block Party NYC 2012

Baauer at Mad Decent Block Party NYC 2012



Comments (12)

Angry Decent.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 1:53 PM

Confiscating water when it's 90 out then charging 4 bucks a bottle inside the venue. Yeah that's mad decent.

Posted by Rich | August 7, 2012 2:41 PM

You gotta hand it to Diplo diving off of balconies like D in his hardcore heyday. As paid as he is now, it's a wonder he's willing to risk his health like that.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 2:44 PM

Who is D?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 2:46 PM

MHOW raised the price from $10 to $20, the greedy bastards.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 2:46 PM

2:46 - If you have to ask. Just a little inside joke...ain't nothing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 2:50 PM

Who the fuck was in charge of putting together the worst line-up ever? It's no wonder there was a noise complaint. Erol & Bauer were the only acts of repute, but by the time Erol came on the sound was such shit I could barely hear what he was putting down.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 3:31 PM

erol, lunice, bauuer were all great. everyone else was terrible. including the sound guy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 4:06 PM

It eventually being so quiet wasn't the sound guy's fault. I talked to him because I was as confused and pissed off as everybody else that the music was so low. He said the cops promised to shut the party down the second the volume went back up, so ironically, the last act that got loud sound was that totally shitty band that played...and they probably caused the noise complaints in the first place. This party will probably be at a different space next year and this doesn't bode well for the long term future of that venue.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 7:27 PM

3:31 - That would be Diplo. Most of these artists are signed to or do remixes for his label after all.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 7:30 PM

^ wow. Reptar was the worst shit ever.

It was so hot. Last year was so much better

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 9:44 PM

freaking love this all yab.

Posted by jordon | July 24, 2013 9:59 PM

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