Review: Afrojack, Diplo at the Snake Pit 

click to enlarge Afrojack turns up the Snake Pit inside turn three at the Indy 500. - LACY BURSICK
  • Afrojack turns up the Snake Pit inside turn three at the Indy 500.
  • Lacy Bursick
Dubbed the rowdiest party at the Indy 500, the Snake Pit had high expectations for partying at its finest. With a zipline, Jägermeister tent and booze galore, the stage was set for some belligerent fun.

Prior to attending the Snake Pit, I had spoken with numerous people telling me I was in for a wild time. Everyone was a drunken mess, all spirited out in their USA gear but luckily nothing got too out of control. Police monitored the party and -- surprisingly -- people were raging responsibly. I didn't see as much nudity as expected but this could be due to the colder-than-most-500s weather.

Diplo's set proved that anyone can enjoy electronic dance music -- that you don't even have to realize it's electronic dance music. Throwing in party favorites like "Baby Got Back" turned up the party and had the booties shaking.

click to enlarge The entertainment was hot and wild at the Snake Pit inside turn three at the Indy 500. - LACY BURSICK
  • The entertainment was hot and wild at the Snake Pit inside turn three at the Indy 500.
  • Lacy Bursick

During the Snakepit Queen Contest hosted by Radionow 100.9, minimal clothing and human pretzels had the crowd roaring in excitement.

After a pause for the start of the race on the big screen, Afrojack hit the stage and the audience was ready to rage. He started and ended his set with hints of the popular EDM rhythm "Reload" by Sebastian Ingrosso and Tommy Trash. It wasn't the Dutch DJ's usual scene; the theme was full "Amurikan" with cut-off shorts, full-geared red, white, and blue and chants of "U-S-A. "

click to enlarge The winner of the bikini contest was awarded as the Snake Pit Queen and $500. - LACY BURSICK
  • The winner of the bikini contest was awarded as the Snake Pit Queen and $500.
  • Lacy Bursick

The international star definitely knows his American party hits to mix in for the crowd. Popular sing-a-longs like the theme song for the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" kept the crowd engaged.

Afrojack remixed almost every genre possible giving everyone something to break it down to. He even threw in some REM's "Losing my Religion" mixed into Skrillex's "Bangarang."

click to enlarge The crowd was in full Indiana gear showing their Hoosier roots. - LACY BURSICK
  • The crowd was in full Indiana gear showing their Hoosier roots.
  • Lacy Bursick

The on-stage entertainment kept all eyes on the front as aerial silk dancers and go-go dancers kept their smiles big and their bodies moving. There were even break-dancers tearing it up --- some doing moves I didn't know were even possible. This was probably the earliest any of these college-aged attendees had been up in a while. The daylight rave was much more hyped than expected at 10 a.m.

click to enlarge This year's entertainment featured all American dancers. - LACY BURSICK
  • This year's entertainment featured all American dancers.
  • Lacy Bursick

When they cut the music for the last ten laps of the race the crowd waited impatiently and irritated, wanting to get back to grooving. Tony Kanaan won the race but this was information we didn't care about. Turn the music back on!

click to enlarge The crowd was rowdy and Indy proved they know how to party. - LACY BURSICK
  • The crowd was rowdy and Indy proved they know how to party.
  • Lacy Bursick
Even post-race, local DJ Dub Knight came back on for a special set to keep the girls twerking. With the Pacers in the playoffs later that evening, this was a day I was proud to call myself a Hoosier and participate in chanting "Beat the Heat!" Indiana flags waved in the wind, and even out-of-towners loved it.
click to enlarge Aerial silk dancers wowed the crowd all morning. - LACY BURSICK
  • Aerial silk dancers wowed the crowd all morning.
  • Lacy Bursick
click to enlarge Local DJ Dub Knight kept the party rocking even post race. - LACY BURSICK
  • Local DJ Dub Knight kept the party rocking even post race.
  • Lacy Bursick

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