Mad Decent Block Party 2016 in pics
photos by Patrick Tabb
On Sunday (August 7), Kesha performs on a baseball field in Coney Island as part of Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party. Despite this being a traveling summer fest dedicated to all things EDM, Kesha and her bandmates (known as the Creepies) use their stage time to praise the pursuit of rock and roll. Still, the daytime club atmosphere make her party hits particularly resonate. MCU Park goes wild when she launches into “Cannibal,” a performance that ends with her making out with boyfriend Brad Ashenfelter. She knocks him to the ground and pretends to eat his heart, a plastic anatomical model she then clutches and tosses offstage while finishing the song. As if not anywhere near enough, Kesha instructs the audience to lift a middle finger in the air and shout “Fuck the world” at every negative thing in their lives. They do so unanimously.
The Mad Decent Block Parties hit NYC over the weekend for stops at Coney Island’s MCU Park on Saturday and Sunday, and an afterparty at Webster Hall on Saturday night. The parties included Diplo (obviously), plus a surprise appearance from Drake during Boi-1da’s set and more. Sunday’s set included pop star Kesha, and that’s music journalist Maria Sherman’s review for Pitchfork of Kesha’s set quoted above. We already posted some coverage of the parties, and a bunch more pics are in the gallery above.
Diplo also has other tour dates coming up, including NYC’s Flash Factory in September.