Mad Decent Block Party’s last stop in San Diego

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The Mad Decent Block Party was held in the Petco Park parking lot on Sept. 15. Michelle Moran, City Times.

Michelle Moran

Thousands of young music fans dressed in everything from tank tops to booty shorts convened inside the Petco Park parking lot in the Gasplamp to witness some of the best DJs in the music game.

The last stop of the Mad Decent Block Party Tour took place here in San Diego. While this marked the first year the block party was held without free admission, attendees didn’t seem to mind as the 18+ event sold out.

The whole tour had a variety of artists performing in different cities and the San Diego lineup was great, to say the least. The top four acts included Jack U, Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead and Major Lazer.

The first ever live performance from Jack U, which is made up of Diplo and Skrillex, was a highly anticipated set. They got the crowd going with some new songs, as well as some old favorites.

Notable for always showing up in style —- and dressed in a suit, Dillon Francis always puts on a good show. San Diego is no stranger to his music, as he played the Comic-Con party that was also held at Petco Park a few months back.

Zeds Dead, composed of two musical geniuses named DC and Hooks, never disappoint. Their set was full of dance beats incorporated with different musical styles of electro, hip-hop, drum and bass and dub step. It had a little something for everyone, you could twerk to one song and jump around wildly to another.

The last performance of the night, and surely the crowd’s favorite set, was from the group Major Lazer. The set started with Diplo on the microphone and the rest of the Major Lazer crew pumping everyone’s energy up. They threw horns out to the crowd to make noise and had guns full of smoke that were sprayed at the audience.

Major Lazer’s incorporation of reggae and electro beats is what makes them unique and so enjoyable.

They played some of their hits, including “Bubble Butt,” “Get Free” and “Original Don.” A random rendition of “Suavemente” was also incorporated into their set, which got the crowd going. It was a high energy performance that had the crowd dancing and crowd surfing. One of the highlights of the set had Diplo crawling into a giant inflatable plastic ball and running around on top of the crowd.

The block party lasted from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., and it still wasn’t enough.

San Diego based promoters LED held a “special guest” event as an after party at club Voyeur in the Gaslamp. Major Lazer were included among the special guests and the party kept going until 1 a.m.