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Relentless Beats’ Complete Mad Decent Block Party 2016 Guide

Festival season has arrived! This weekend marks the start of a fruitful season ahead full of electronic musics biggest names and growth at a rate beyond which our brand has ever seen.

Mad Decent Block Party returns for the third year in a row, this year expanding to two days. Among this years performances are Diplo, RL Grime, Tchami, What So Not, Lil Dicky, Baauer, Flosstradamus, Dada Life and many more. We also have some great partners to share with you all including some food, some art, and some charitable efforts.

And don’t forget to be on a look out for our Relentless Rangers who will be out and about in full force, making a much more prominent showing than ever before!

Lets dive into MDBP 2016!


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Meet Your Mad Decent Block Party Line-Up:

Day 1 – 

Brillz: After getting his start on Mad Decent’s free music imprint Jeffree’s, Brillz secured a deal with the Mad Decent label. He made a name for himself in the trap sub-genre after remixing Kill the Noise for Skrillex’s OWSLA record label. Now this Twonk Team head honcho is headlining tours and hosting his own mixtape series on soundcloud.

Diplo: The man himself. Diplo spearheads Mad Decent, a Los Angeles-based record label, and also manages to throw the best block parties in the country. From Major Lazer to Jack Ü to his Diplo and Friends’ mixes, there really isn’t much in the electronic scene Diplo isn’t a part of.

Day In the Life of Diplo

FKi 1ST: Believe it or not, FKi was a Sam’s Club cashier not too long ago. Since then, he’s co-written Post Malone’s breakthrough album “White Iverson,” co-produced 2-Chainz “Watch Out,” and co-produced “Fade” from Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, just to name a few. Diplo inspired him to release his own debut EP First Time For Everything which dropped in May on his indie imprint Zooly The Label through Diplo’s Mad Decent record company.

Jackal: From a young age, Mikey Pennington discovered his love for music, and by 19 he was producing his own songs. His track “Shakedown” made a huge mark on the electronic dance music community and his presence has grown since then. Last year he released “Animal Style” on the Mad Decent Label, displaying a fresh new sound that pushed the boundaries of trap.

RL Grime: Some may say RL Grime was at the forefront of the new era of genre-fusing, making a name for himself with support from some of the biggest DJ’s in the world, including Diplo, A-Trak, and Skrillex. This 25 year old LA-based producer shows no signs of slowing down. Some of his most memorable tracks include “Tell Me” and his recent release “Aurora.”

Tchami: Future house producer, Martin Bresso, gained widespread attention after releasing a remix of Janet Jackson’s “Go Deep.” He went on to release a number of other critically acclaimed tracks and recently dropped his EP “Afterlife” which highlights his deep house style.

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What So Not: Like RL Grime, Australian based What So Not pushes the boundaries of genres. Since 2010, What So Not has been creating electronic anthems like “Jaguar,” “Gemini,” and “High You Are.” Just last month, he announced his album “Divide & Conquer,” which is set to release Sept. 9.

Day 2 –

Baauer: Are you ready to break it down low and dance to the heavy bass growls of popular American DJ/producer Baauer? Known offstage as Harry Bauer Rodrigues, Baauer brings a fusion of trip hop and bass music to remixes of popular artists like Flosstradamus, What So Not, RL Grime, Disclosure and even No Doubt.  The infamous man behind the Harlem Shake continues to tear into the trap and hard dance scene breaking out with his latest 2016 album with the hit track “Temple” featuring M.I.A. and G-Dragon.

Dada Life: Welcome to Dada Land! Warning, be prepared to go absolutely bananas over Swedish duo Olle Cornéer and Stefan Engblom who make up Dada Life, one of the most popular electro house DJ’s in the last decade. Sampling high energy, progressive dance music and melodic vocals from rock to trance, this artist will stir you into a dancing frenzy that is always fun earning them one of the most fruitful, enthusiastic cult followings across the world. Become a fan today with one of their latest singles, “Yellow is the Color of Happiness.”

Flosstradamus: Bringing their urban Chicago style, Josh Young and Curt Cameruci make up the talented trap and hip hop artist Flosstradamus. They are best known for their focus on low frequency dub sound mixed with dance music and frequently collaborate with artists like Lil Jon, NGHTMRE, GTA, Major Lazer, and TroiBoy. Flosstradamus also adds a unique twist to the EDM fashion community with their signature black and white clothing brand line HDYNATION, so gear up squad and show these thugs some love.

Flosstradamus, GTA, & Lil Jon – Prison Riot (Official Video)

Grandtheft: Canadian producer/DJ Grandtheft and co-founder of Tremendous Records brings a wide range of genres to the stage that include future chill, house, and bass music. Being so talented in producing and songwriting, you’ve probably heard many of his collaborations and haven’t even realized it. He has worked with Alesso, Dillon Francis, Major Lazer, Calvin Harris, Diplo and so many more incredible artists. Go educate your ears by exploring his Soundcloud if you aren’t familiar with Grandtheft yet, so worth it!

Justin Martin: If your heart needs some gritty, housey vibes, plug your headphones in and listen to fun-loving deep house artist Justin Martin. With a touch of soulful bass music and a progressive beat, he epitomizes that underground sound that is so distinct in the Dirtybird record label family, founded by Claude VonStroke. Here’s one of his most recent mixes highlighting the unique musicality you’ll see from this deep house gem in the rough.

Le Youth: Currently traveling on his “Homewerk Tour” until mid-October, electronica DJ Le Youth shares his playful pop style to make connections with the young at heart all around the world. Breaking out with his 2013 hit track “Cool,” the talented musician, Wes James, continues to bring a 90’s vibe to the LA music scene by sampling R&B vocals with a nu-disco flare incorporating French house and synthesizer-heavy dance music. Not out for cheap thrills or the popular sound, Le Youth’s chill intimacy is a musical connection worth experiencing.

Lil Dicky – Professional Rapper (Feat. Snoop Dogg)

Lil Dicky: White, Jewish and freaking hilarious! American rapper and comedian Lil Dicky earned viral fame in 2015 with his song “Ex-Boyfriend” and has since released a complete album called “Professional Rapper” full of golden nuggets reflecting on modern life, relationships, and rap culture. His artistry of comedic genius in limerick form flows smoothly with vocals in sync with a catchy rap beat. Even Snoop D.O. Double G couldn’t resist the opportunity to collaborate with Lil Dicky and we know Snoop only gives respect when it’s deserved. Need I say more?

MDBP 2016 Playlist

Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party is finally making its stop in Phoenix. And by now you probably know that the lineup is so stacked, it had to be spread over two days.

Day one features Brillz, Diplo, FKi 1ST, Jackal, RL Grime, Tchami, and What So Not.

And on day two we’ve got Baauer, Dada Life, Flosstradamus, Grandtheft, Justin Martin, Le Youth, and Lil Dicky.

There’s no better way to prepare for a festival than by listening to a playlist featuring songs by the headliners, so rather than just bringing you 5 songs you need on that playlist, I’m bringing you the whole thing:

This playlist has it all. From the upbeat vibes of Dada Life to some deep house Tchami beats and everything in between. Lil Dicky and FKi 1st are bringing the latest (and the greatest) from hip-hop, while What So Not and RL Grime continue to demonstrate their incredible genre bending talent. This “Ultimate” playlist features at least two songs from each of our headliners, many have actually collabed together on certain tracks. And of course, tracks released on the Mad Decent Record Label have also been highlighted, you know, so you can get the WHOLE Mad Decent experience.

All in all, if you’re wanting to get a little taste of ALL the talent coming to town, this playlist is where you’ll find it. It’s all about discovering new tracks, and reliving some classic favorites.


Food, Fun, and Philanthropy

Mad Decent Block Party will have more to offer than just a bangin’ lineup; there will be vendors and amenities throughout the venue to make all attendee’s experience more complete.

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Tee’s Concessions: To keep you energized and ready to groove all night be sure to check out Tee’s Concessions, which will be serving up pizza by-the-slice, burgers, curly fries, even mac & cheese with tasty toppings like bacon and lobster! You can find these food stands in two different locations, next to the outside bars.

Sketchy Letters: Sketchy Letters (Anthony Isaac) has done live graffiti at past events such as Crush and Phoenix Lights, and will be returning to make some dope visual art for Mad Decent. Be sure to stop by his station and see what he’s working on or check out some of his past pieces!

Plastic Bottle Project: This year Mad Decent gives back with the Plastic Bottle Project. This project, based out of Phoenix and led by Desirae Rocha, will be collecting recyclables through the venue. These recyclables get turned in for cash that goes directly towards creating lunch bags for the homeless population. In the past, the team has turned recyclable items into $2000 to feed more than 600 homeless families. Visit their booth to find out how you can get involved with project, and for a chance at various prizes like event tickets and RB shwag!


Cool Off, Seek Help, and Make a Friend with the Relentless Rangers!

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Relentless Rangers: With their debut at Global Dance Festival: Wild West Edition in 2015, the Relentless Rangers are a new and lucrative addition to RB festivals. The group consists of fellow EDM lovers who are willing to dedicate their festival experience to making sure yours goes off without a hitch. Whether an attendee is in need of water, medical attention, or just a point in the right direction, the Rangers will be circulating the crowds itching to help just as much as they’re itching to dance to their favorite sets. They won’t be hard to spot – you’ll see them throughout Rawhide in bright blue T-shirts!

Ranger Outpost: The Relentless Rangers will also have a brand new refuge, easily locatable on site, called the Ranger Outpost! All festival goers are welcome inside to use the zone as a meeting place with friends, to find a Ranger, charge cell phones or just cool off and drink water before going hard during the next set. Whatever you need, you’ll find it in the Ranger Outpost or with the help of the Relentless Rangers spanning Rawhide.


#RBCROWDSURFERS & Social Media

Ever wanted to show us your best shuffle? Do you think you know more about Flosstradamus than the next? If you could ask Lil Dicky one question, what would it be?

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During MDBP we will be debuting our latest social media initiative: the RB Crowd Surfers. Be on the lookout during your time at Rawhide for our newest social team wearing their black tanks, RB caps, and likely taking a selfie! The RB Crowd Surfers will be out and about hanging with the crowd offering opportunities for competitions, giveaways, artist interaction, fun questions, and overall engaging content using our Snapchat account as their essential tool!

If you’re not already, go ahead and give us a follow 👻: relentlessbeats

Connect with Relentless Beats: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


What Can I Bring?

The following is allowed into the venue:
OK Small bags, purses, and fanny packs
OK Empty water bottles, including reusable and disposable water bottles
OK Empty CamelBak-style water bladder systems (please see special section below)
OK Non-professional cameras
OK Cell phones
OK Lighters
OK Sealed: cigarette packages, tampons, packs of gum, and chapstick/lip gloss
OK Sunglasses and hats
OK Liquid sunscreen and cosmetic products (max 3oz/90ml)
OK Prescription and OTC medications subject to specific conditions (please see special section
below)
OK Guide dogs for people with disabilities and other service animals with current rabies
certification

The following is not allowed into the venue:
NO Outside food or drink
NO Glass in any form
NO Unsealed: cigarette packages, tampons, packs of gum, chapstick/lip gloss
NO Masks of any kind
NO Eyedrops
NO Focus light beam devices, including laser pointers (please see special section below)
NO LED gloves, LED microlights, etc.
NO Balloons, balls, Frisbees, and/or any other projectile.
NO Pacifiers
NO Kandi bracelets and/or necklaces
NO Large bags or purses
NO Stuffed animals or dolls
NO Electronic or vapor cigarettes
NO Large bags or backpacks
NO Totems and/or flagpoles
NO Marker pens and spray paint
NO Flyers, stickers, and posters
NO Flammable products or materials and sprays
NO Illegal substances of any kind (including medical marijuana)
NO Drug paraphernalia
NO Vitamins
NO Water guns, water balloons, and/or any other kind of water projectile
NO Tripods, monopods, or selfie sticks.
NO Any item that can be used as a weapon, including wallet chains
NO Any item that can be used as a means to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of the crowd,
and/or
NO inflict damage to people and goods
NO Fireworks, pyrotechnics, or any other kind of explosive
NO Single-lens reflex cameras, including digital single-lens reflex cameras (SLR/DSLR)
NO Pets (except service animals with a current rabies certification)
NO Large umbrellas
NO Native American Headdresses

Special Note About CamelBak-style Water Bladder Systems

Although CamelBak-style water bladder systems are allowed empty into the venue, the water bladders themselves must be capable of being removed from the carrier and must be transparent enough to allow security to visually inspect the empty bladder. Additionally CamelBak-style bladder carriers must have no more than 2 main compartments and 1 small compartment. Any CamelBak-style water bladder that cannot be removed from the carrier and/or is opaque enough to prevent visual inspection, and any CamelBakstyle bladder carriers larger than the permitted size will not be allowed into the venue.

Special Note About Focus Light Beam Devices

Focus light beam devices of any kind or type, including laser pointers, are not allowed into MDBP events. The MDBP Tour requires that security inside the venue be diligent in addressing focus light beam devices that may make it through the searches.

As allowed by local laws, it is requested that security remove or render useless the any focus light beam devices that make it into the venue; should local law prevent the confiscation of batteries and/or the devices themselves, it shall be at the sole discretion of security personnel, in accordance with typical venue policies, as to how focus light beam devices are addressed.

Special Note About Prescription and OTC Medications

Prescription medication are allowed only in the original prescription bottle, any persons attempting to bring in prescription medication must have a government-issued photo identification card that matches the name printed on the prescription, and the pills in the bottle must match the description printed on the prescription. Further, if a person has mixed multiple pills in a single prescription container or if a person is attempting to enter with prescription pills in a non-prescription container, medical representatives should be involved to make the final determination about whether or not such pills are to be allowed in the venue.

Over-the-counter medications are allowed in provided that they are new and the original, factory-sealed container.


Getting to Mad Decent Block Party!

From Phoenix Metro Area – Rawhide is located off of Interstate 10 near Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler. Your best bet is either driving yourself or carpooling with friends. No matter where you’re coming from in the Valley, you’ll want to get to the I-10 East and take Exit 162 for Wild Horse Pass Boulevard. Head west from there and follow the signs to Rawhide.

From Tucson – Rawhide is located off of Interstate 10 near Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler. Your best bet is either driving yourself or carpooling with friends. Take the I-10 west from Tucson until you reach the border of the Phoenix Metro/Chandler area. Take exit 162 for Wild Horse Pass Boulevard. Head west from there and follow the signs to Rawhide.

Take a Bus from El Hefe in Tempe – Roundtrip bus transportation from El Hefe Tempe on both Friday (September 16) and Saturday (September 17). Does not include admission to the festival. Transportation also includes (1) one water bottle per ticket / per day.

Return trips will begin at 1 AM with a second second round pick-up at 2:30 AM. We recommend patrons who need to return early from the festival to be outside at the pick-up location for the 1 AM return trip. For more information check out Plus One Transportation or theevent at page http://bit.ly/2c9ke5E

Friday Bus @ El Hefe Tempe

6 PM – Purchase this ticket forround-trip charter bus transportation to the Mad Decent Block Party 2016 atRawhide on Friday, September 16th. This bus departs El Hefe Tempe (640 S MillAve #110, Tempe, AZ) at 6 PM. Please arrive 1 hour prior to get your buswristband and enjoy the pre-party with drink specials and giveaways. If youmiss your bus departure time, you are not guaranteed a spot on later buses. 18+for bus / 21+ for pre party Return trips will begin at 1 AMand the second round will be at 2:30 AM. If you need to be back early werecommend being outside for the 1 AM return trip. For more information, checkout Plus One Transportation or theevent at http://bit.ly/2c9ke5E

8 PM – Purchase this ticket forround-trip charter bus transportation to the Mad Decent Block Party 2016 atRawhide on Friday, September 16th. This bus departs El Hefe Tempe (640 S MillAve #110, Tempe, AZ) at 8 PM. Please arrive 1 hour prior to get your buswristband and enjoy the pre-party with drink specials and giveaways. If youmiss your bus departure time, you are not guaranteed a spot on later buses. 18+for bus / 21+ for pre party. Return trips will begin at 1 AM and the secondround will be at 2:30 AM. If you need to be back early we recommend being outsidefor the 1 AM return trip. For more information, check out Plus One Transportation or theevent at http://bit.ly/2c9ke5E

Saturday Bus @ El Hefe Tempe

6 PM – Purchase this ticket forround-trip charter bus transportation to the Mad Decent Block Party 2016 atRawhide on Saturday, September 17th.This bus departs El Hefe Tempe (640 S MillAve #110,Tempe, AZ) at 6 PM. Please arrive 1 hour prior to get your buswristband and enjoy the pre-party with drink specials and giveaways. If youmiss your bus departure time, you are not guaranteed a spot on later buses. 18+for bus / 21+for pre party. Return trips will begin at 1 AM and the secondround will be at 2:30 AM. If you need to be back early we recommend beingoutside for the 1 AM return trip. For more information, check out Plus One Transportation or the eventat http://bit.ly/2c9ke5E

8 PM- Purchase this ticket forround-trip charter bus transportation to the Mad Decent Block Party 2016 atRawhide on Saturday, September 17th. This bus departs El Hefe Tempe (640 S MillAve #110, Tempe, AZ) at 8 PM. Please arrive 1 hour prior to get your buswristband and enjoy the pre-party with drink specials and giveaways. If youmiss your bus departure time, you are not guaranteed a spot on later buses. 18+for bus / 21+ for pre party. Return trips will begin at 1 AM and the secondround will be at 2:30 AM. If you need to be back early we recommend beingoutside for the 1 AM return trip. For more information, check out Plus One Transportation or theevent at http://bit.ly/2c9ke5E

Parking – Parking will be available for $10 per car in the designated Mad Decent parking lot.

Hotels – Relentless Beats is partnering with Moxy in Tempe, Hampton Inn in Chandler off the I-10 by Rawhide, and Arizona Grand Resort to ensure you have a place to get your beauty sleep for the Mad Decent Block Party experience!


Important Things and FAQs

A valid ID will be required to enter along with a scannable ticket (either hard or printed copy). Visit the box office on site, day of if you do not have a ticket. Frequently Asked Questions.

Weekend Pass tickets are NOT transferable once redeemed at the event. You will receive a wristband upon admission on Friday that will scan for admission on Saturday. This wristband will not be valid for entry on Saturday if removed or tampered with. DO NOT REMOVE THIS WRISTBAND.

All ticket sales are final. Please note that management reserves the right, without the refund of any portion of the ticket purchase price, to refuse admission to or eject any person whose conduct is deemed by management to be disorderly, who uses vulgar or abusive language, or who fails to comply with these or other management rules. Patrons who are clearly intoxicated or under the influence of drugs will not be admitted. No re-entry will be permitted.

For any other questions you may have, please refer to our event FAQ page here!

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