More Pictures from Diesel’s xXx Rock & Roll Circus

Tonight’s Diesel xXx 30th Birthday Rock & Roll Circus party was definitely one of the biggest blowouts of the year! As a result, I was worried that it would be a giant headache to get it, to watch the performers, and to be there in general.

Does Diesel import all these gorgeous looking people to all their parties?

But to my surprise, the party was run correctly: no line to get in, just roll up, hand your ticket and go on in. There was an open bar (with midgets–er, little people?–sitting a top one of them on the main floor), free carnival food galore that was obtained with surprising ease (cotton candy, hot dogs, hot pretzels, ice cream, popcorn, etc.), free schwag (seat cushions, pins), and a top-notch musical lineup.

There were some annoyances (it took about 30 minutes to actually get a drink!), but if you played it right (got there early, ordered a few drinks at the bar when you got there), then you probably had little to complain about. The crowd was a refreshing mix of folks–hip hop boys and girls, hipsters, fashionistas, and party people, with the unifying factor being that the majority of people had some kind of interesting style. “Ringside” it was crowded, but not impossible to maneuver around the floor.


Mmmmmm….cotton candy.

Halfway through the show (at the beginning of Franz Ferdinand’s set) Alex Kapranos made an announcement that the balcony was over capacity and a fire hazard and if half of the folks in the VIP area did not come down to the main floor or leave the party would completely be shut down by the FDNY. For a few moments it looked like no one was going move… but eventually Diesel security (or someone in their right mind) shuttled folks off the balcony and the party continued.

I was scared about these alleged “mash-ups” between the performers (Hot Chip vs. Chaka Khan, T.I. vs. Franz Ferdinand, M.I.A. vs N*E*R*D*), but what that amounted to was the smaller acts (Hot Chip, Franz, M.I.A.) acting as backup bands for the bigger names. Out of the three, probably the most successful pairing was Hot Chip and Chaka (they actually seemed to enjoy performing together). Franz played for an excruciatingly long time (what was that, 7 or 8 songs?!?!?!), totally bombing with the crowd. N*E*R*D* shut it down, as the last act of the night, whipping the crowd into a frenzy before sending everyone off.


Everyone’s a star on the red carpet.

Kudos to Diesel for throwing they party of the season. Happy Dirty Thirty!

Author: laura

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