In what some have dubbed “Fyre Festival 2.0”— albeit likely without the potential for wholesale pharmaceutical abuse and Bitcoin laundering schemes — the organizers of an outdoor two day music festival scheduled to take place later this month at Gillette Stadium have cancelled the event with little explanation, incurring the outrage of thousands of ticket holders.
The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival, a music festival sponsored by internationally renowned automaton (er, DJ) Diplo’s Mad Decent record label, was scheduled for next weekend in Foxboro. It was set to feature live performances from EDM and hip-hop acts alongside a go-kart course, paintball, and the “world’s biggest bounce house". But on Wednesday, they called the event off via Instagram post:
The “Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party” would not be the first time the Philadelphia-based label has cancelled an event suddenly. The inauguration of their first “Beach Party” initially scheduled to take place in Mexico was cancelled in 2016 without explanation, although many suspect it was in connection with the accidental drowning of one festivalgoer during a “Mad Decent Boat Party” the previous year. The label has also cancelled tours in India two consecutive years in a row.
While Mad Decent has indicated they will be refunding front gate tickets to the event in full to fans, it appears to be little consolation for many—especially those indicating they would have been travelling to attend the festival.
“Is this event paying for our hotel room?,” stated one fan in response on Instagram. “Can’t get money back since YOU cancelled the festival. So beyond dissatisfied with this outcome. Another festival cancelled. Just call it another Fyre Festival.”
The event was slated to feature over 40 live acts from the likes of Miguel, Dillon Francis, G-Eazy and Billie Eilish. The festival boasted of “the world’s largest bounce house, really f___king fast go-karts, real paintball, oh ya, and a s__tonna massive artists,” when it was announced earlier in April.
Because that’s what the kids want. They want really f___king fast go-karts. They want “real” paintball. They want bouncy houses. And they want the sort of hyperbole-laden disappointment only a man born Wesley Pentz who decides to call himself “Diplo” can deliver.