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Legal Battle Between Festival & Major City Finally Comes to an End

Mad Decent Block Party recently announced the lineup and dates for the 2016 festival season, revealing that it would finally be returning to the windy city. Chicago fans will once again get a chance to catch Diplo and friends as part of the famed traveling festival, ending a three-year political standoff between the event and the city.

The news that Diplo vs The City Of Chicago has finally reached some kind of settlement comes as a huge relief to Chi-Town devotees. And while it was a long time coming, it was apparently nothing short of a feat to reach an agreement. Live Nation, the host of the event, had to agree to pay the Park District of Chicago $1.25 per each ticket to lock in the date with the city.

It all started in 2012, when the Chicago Police Department abruptly ended the event when fans rushed the festival gates. The then-free Block Party hit capacity by 5pm and was quickly forced to shut down by law enforcement before headliners like Action Bronson, Nadastrom and Tanlines even got a chance to perform. In the days leading up to the event, an angry Flosstradamus announced they were removed from the MDBP bill by the Chicago Police Department because the duo's set "almost caused a riot" at a different event three weeks prior.

It seemed like the festival might return in 2015, but tweets from Diplo explained why it never came to fruition, as the Mad Decent Boss accused the city of previously banning them only to then revoke their venue and solicit bribes when they tried to return. Diplo referred to the political landscape in Chicago as "shady" and "slimy," which was why for so long he believed it was "not worth it to be part of."

The long overdue return to the dance music hub will see the Mad Decent Block Party trade in its former home on a block in West Loop for the larger FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, with tickets running at $45.

Chicago is one of 15 stops the festival will make this summer, bringing along a lineup of heavy-hitters including Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead, Marshmello, Mija, Louis the Child, Flosstradamus, Slander, NGHTMRE and more. The lineup varies by city. For more info and tickets head over to https://www.facebook.com/Maddecentblockparty/event...

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Cover photo by Alexander Oliva

H/T: Chicago Magazine

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