Thousands upon thousands came to Rawhide Western Town in Chandler this past Friday, all of whom had pretty much the same goal in mind -- partying their asses off at the Valley's biggest electronic dance music event of the year, the Mad Decent Block Party.
They came clad in off-kilter costumes, neon-colored clothing, snarky t-shirts bearing such declaratives as "Sorry Dad" and "Roll Hard or Go Home," or very little clothing at all. And they transformed an acre of grass on the grounds of the kitschy theme park into a flashy and frenetic wonderland of raging fueled by the music of Diplo, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, and other Mad Decent DJs and performers. (Hell, rapper Waka Flocka Flame even showed up to party.)
And amongst the many in attendance -- including all manner of clubbers, hip-hop lovers, EDM fanatics, indie kids, college students, and even all the ravers (who came despite the event's controversial "kandi" ban) -- there were some folks who raged harder than others.
There were the dudes in crazy-ass costumes or bearing hilarious signs, as well as the ladies who screamed their lungs out when Francis took the stage, all the Flosstradamus fans who went all out in the mosh pit, the folks that collectively lost their shit when Waka Flocka came out, or anyone who gave great rage faces while writhing about in the enormous crowd.
We attempted to capture as much of the spectacle of the Mad Decent Block Party's first-ever stop in Metro Phoenix as possible and put together a rundown of the biggest party animals and the most epic of ragers we spotted at the event.
Three's a crowd
One big bro-off
DJ Hanzel's biggest fan
Happy fucking birthday
Ready to rage
Ready for the beach
The party posse
A member of STRFKR's dance crew
The mass twerk-off that ensued during Diplo's set
The poster child for the Mad Decent Block Party
Crazy cats sporting crazy cats
Getting racheted up for Diplo
A full-on brodeo
Going for a shoulder ride
Best. Face. Ever.
Stay gold, ladies, stay gold
Per Urban Dictionary: "dank" daNGk/adjective - Formerly used to denote really potent weed, it now means really or awesome.
There. You're now up on the lingo.
Chi-Town's biggest rager
Living it up in lingerie
Triangle? Play symbol? Flosstradamus' logo? You decide.
Um...no thank you.
Nice hat, but the Mad Decent Boat Party ain't until November
The technicolor cowboy
Shades of glory
In full bloom
Congratulations! You just passed the craft component of Mad Decent 101
Random acts of beardom
Diplo said "don't wear fuzzy boots" but we'll give you a pass this time
Femmes de Flosstradamus
These ladies come with a warning label.
Thankfully, they had plenty of twerk-o-hol at the Mad Decent Block Party
Black is the new, um...black
ASU's "Fork'em" hand gesture is suitable for all sorts of occasions.
They see you rollin, they ha...well, you know the rest
Waka Flocka Flame puts your raging to shame
Getting hydrated before going hard
Kermit the Frog is an effin' party animal
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