The Mad Decent Block Party took over the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Sunday, Aug. 10, and the festival turned out to be more than a “decent” affair despite losing Chance the Rapper as the event’s headliner.
The “Acid Rap” artist unfortunately had to bow out of his summer festival shows in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Boston, and Toronto due to reports of exhaustion.
While the tour arguably lost its biggest name heading into its show in the Hub, the Block Party was still able to bring the fun to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. Featuring top name artists such as Flosstradamus and Diplo, the festival brought down the house in front of a sold-out crowd on Sunday.
However, even before the concert started, it was apparent that organizers were taking a no-nonsense approach to would-be drug users at the event. All ticket holders were subject to a pat down before entering the festival, while drug-sniffing dogs were on hand inside the venue to make sure everything was on the straight and narrow.
The heightened security was likely due to a recent string related events including one where two people died and almost 20 were hospitalized at a Mad Decent Block Party show on Aug. 1 in Columbia, Md. The untimely passings led to an increase in security measures at the festival’s shows in Brooklyn as well as in Boston.
As if the Block Party’s struggles weren’t enough, it’s been a bad few months in general for area music fans, as dozens were hospitalized following an Avicii concert at the TD Garden in June. 22 people were also recently sent to the hospital while 50 others were taken into custody after a Keith Urban concert in Mansfield this past July.
Considering the rise in popularity of the party drug Molly, you’d think that the venue would take better precautions against people overdosing on the substance, ideally by providing concertgoers with an adequate amount of hydration, which wasn’t really the case at this event.
While it should be noted that there were water fountains on hand during the concert, three dollars for a bottle of water is absolutely ridiculous.
Despite concerns and stringent oversight by police officers and concert organizers, the Block Party still provided Bostonians in attendance a rocking good time.
The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion turned out to be an all right place to host a block party style event, as the open air venue suited the gaggle of concertgoers looking to shake and twerk their way into the night.
Among other things, the venue provided a great view of the Boston Harbor.
The breathtaking view wasn’t the only thing on display at the Block Party, as the myriad of DJs cranked out some great tunes throughout the show. From Vengaboys “We like to Party” to Kanye West’s “I’m In It,” an eclectic collection of songs got the crowd going on the sunny Sunday afternoon.
Big named artists including Flosstradamus, Diplo, and DJ Snake proved to be the biggest draws, as the pavilion didn’t fill out until halfway through the concert.
However, even with the great view and open air venue, the show still didn’t feel as communal as one would hope of a block party style event. It was likely hindered by the rows of seats which seemed to take away from the festival feel and seperated the concert’s attendees in a way you wouldn’t see at other fests, such as Boston Calling.
All in all, though, the Mad Decent Block Party was a fun an entertaining event that, for the most part, utilized the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion’s open air set up while keeping the crowd on its feet.