After a successful run last year, Diplo’s Mad Decent label geared up for what was to be another epic block party in New York City to showcase its artists. Last year’s free show at Manhattan’s South Street Seaport was moved to Williamsburg Park in Brooklyn. Relocation of the venue came with its fair share of complications. Complaints of low volume and distorted sound were heard throughout the audience, which only seemed to get worse as the sets progressed.
After hipster favorite Reptar closed out their set, a couple hours of trap music ensued on low volume to the dismay of many in the crowd. Many factors led to disgruntled attendees including sound, heat, and long lines for food or drinks but the worst was yet to come. After Erol Alkan finished off his set, which was the highlight of the day at that point, dark clouds took the skies and Mad Decent officials took the stage and told attendees to evacuate due to the impending storm. Moments after, Williamsburg Park was hit with an onslaught of rain drenching concert goers while they rushed to the nearest form of shelter from the storm.
The rest of the show was displaced to the site of the after party where dedicated fans awaited sets from Diplo’s side project Major Lazer and other featured Mad Decent artists. To the credit of Mad Decent, the block party was free, the downpour was unpredictable, and last year’s event was a summer highlight.