Mad Decent Block Party returns to Philadelphia this August at Festival Pier

The 6th annual Mad Decent Block Party, featuring Flosstradamus, at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. (Teresa McCullough /

It’s sometimes hard to believe that the Mad Decent Block Party had such humble beginnings.

Originating on the 1200 block off of Spring Garden Avenue in 2008, in front of what now is PhilaMOCA (which used to be Mad Decent’s HQ), the MDBP was an exclusively local event that gave off the vibe of the most happenin’ party in the neighborhood. It was a great mix of locals and young people and the event was always a huge smash. Year after year, the event grew to the point where it could no longer restrict itself to just one block. That’s when it went national and turned into a traveling festival that visited cities like New York, L.A., and Chicago.

Now, in 2014, the festival will visit 22 different North American cities, including Philadelphia. The just announced schedule details that Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing will host this year’s celebration on Friday, August 8. The lineup is forthcoming, but we can assure you Diplo will be there.

Limited early bird pre-sale tickets are available now for $25.

UPDATE: The national lineup for this year's MDBP festival has been announced. While big names like Outkast, Fat Boy Slim, Sleigh Bells, and A$AP Ferg will be performing in other cities, here is the lineup for Philadelphia:

Chance The Rapper
Dillon Francis
Dirty South Joe
DJ Sega
DJ Snake