Are you tired of Skrillex yet? It probably doesn't matter, because apparently he can't get enough of Dallas. Amidst all the talk that EDM is dead or dying, the notorious beat dropper is about to make his second visit to North Texas in less than nine months. Last time he was here it was for Lights All Night festival last December. Now he's coming back, this time courtesy of the Mad Decent Block Party later this summer.
The Mad Decent folks — who got their start almost a decade ago putting on actual block parties in Philadelphia — have been rolling out the lineups for the different installments of their tour, which has expanded to cities all over the country (including Dallas a few years ago). The lineups are full of festival-level rap and EDM artists. In recent years they've brought acts like Major Lazer and Big Gigantic to Dallas, while other cities for this year have gotten the likes of Cut Copy, Die Antwoord and T-Pain. Theoretically, any one of those could've been added to the Dallas date.
So, depending on how vociferous your feelings are on Skrillex, this is either great news or a what-might-have-been moment. On the bright side, we didn't get RiFF RaFF, who we've seen enough of for a while (and/or vice versa). Plus Knife Party just played The Bomb Factory, so that probably wasn't going to happen either.
Skrillex was the final piece of the lineup puzzle for this year's block party, which will also include "Tuesday" rapper ILOVEMAKONNEN, Jauz, Party Favor, Gents & Jawns, Borgore, TJR and Bro Safari (who must really like the Dallas Block Party because he played it last year).
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As in previous years, the Block Party takes place in the lot outside Club Zouk. A limited amount of early bird tickets are available for $40, with regular general admission running $50 and VIP tickets $75. The 18-and-up show happens Saturday, August 22.