Basel Castle 2013: Chance the Rapper, Gesaffelstein, and Travis Scott Killed It

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Gon' Basel Castle surfing with Travis Scott.

Basel Castle 2013
Grand Central Park, Miami
Saturday, December 7, 2013

In the past, the setting for The Overthrow's Basel Castle extravaganza had been a slightly cartoonish, sort of fragile-looking fortress in Wynwood. But that shit is dead, son.

Last year, the overcrowding got outta hand. So for 2013, the party moved to Grand Central Park, a grassy field across from Grand Central Miami.

There was one big main stage, some skate ramps, fashionable phone gear for sale, a Red Bull tent, and of course, a whole slew of street art.

See also: Basel 2013: Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and Sheek Louch Turn Up Till Closing Time

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Now that it goes down in a park, Basel Castle may be a less appropriate name for The Overthrow's annual bash. But it was a move we have to applaud.

There was also way more music this year. Or at least it felt that way with one stage and a super non-vampy start time of freaking noon.

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The sun was brutal. We spent the better part of the daylight hours sneaking backstage to raid the bar and, more importantly, hide under that green-room tent.

Can we get some shade out in the field next year? That would be dope.

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Of course, the art and music was amazing.

Big shout outs to Austin Paul, who debuted a couple of new and groovy tracks, and Niko Javan who brought out some of his fresh new solo beats with a side of L.Rey and a few O'Grime jams. Big ups Robb Bank$ for all "T/H/A" leaned-out bass music, Heroes X Villains for running the trap, and Travi$ Scott for bringing the motherfuckin' ruckus.

Also, what the hell to Denzel Curry who decided last minute that he'd rather play a show in NYC? We see how it is. Okay, so you were accidentally booked for two shows on opposite ends of the country. We'll let it slide, this time.

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Judging by the highlights, you should notice a trend: hip-hop.

Brodinski killed it with a tight hip-hop set, not unlike the sweet glory he unleashed during October's III Points Fest in Wynwood. He came on kind of early in the evening, and we might not have noticed who it was had we not been checking the main stage every 10 minutes.

Can we add schedules next time, too? There might be an app for that.

Location Info


Grand Central Park

700 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: General

Grand Central

697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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This must have been posted by someone running the event because this party SUCKED!  Like not even remotely good.  I went to this party because there were supposed to be some good trap DJ's and good art....but that was no where in site.  The little art they had was cool...if you like 4 paintings.  Heroes and Villains played 3 sick sick sick trap songs and than announced they were from Atlanta and proceeded to switch the rest of their set to some non exceptional hip hop music that the crowd booed and flicked off the band to.  That was followed up by the worst hip hop mixing you've ever heard in your life by the next DJ and the DJ after them started just as horrifically.  I'm sorry, but you can't actually call yourself a hip hop DJ if you arent a turntableist.  Dropping one garbage hip hop song and than putting on another one when the first one ends...thats not DJing.  I got suckered for $40 a ticket, 2 of the tickets i bought left the party within 10 minutes of entering and I left about 90 minutes later.  If you want good art and good music, AVOID this sad sad sad display.

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