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Deadmau5, Diplo to headline Indy500 Snake Pit concert


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Deadmau5 and Diplo will join Indianapolis 500 drivers on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27 for this year's Indianapolis 500 Snake Pit.

The race day concert will include a quartet of electronic dance music acts, including deadmau5, Diplo,  Axwell Λ Ingrosso and GRiZ, the IMS announced Monday. The concert will take place inside Turn 3 at the speedway.

Tickets, which are only available to attendees 18 and older, run from $45 to $125 and require an Indianapolis 500 ticket. They can be purchased online.

Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as the musician, DJ and producer Diplo, released his album, "Florida," in 2004 before going on to receive eight Grammy nominations and two wins for 2015 Best Dance Recording "Where Are Ü Now" and Best Dance/Electronic album for "Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü."

“He’s proven himself to be a ubiquitous cultural figure, consistently bridging high and low, mainstream and underground, with remarkable tact and reverence," the IMS website reads.

Joel Zimmerman, known as deadmau5 to the public, has recorded eight studio albums since 2005 and has been nominated for six Grammy Awards.

According to the speedway website, Zimmerman once said he does not like being called a DJ because it is an outdated way of describing the sets he thinks are more like live performances.

“There are no CDs involved,” Zimmerman said, according to the website. “It’s a technological orgy up there, and I try and keep it more my music than anyone else’s. If people come out to see deadmau5, I want them to hear deadmau5 music.” 

Axwell Λ Ingrosso, a duo based out of Stockholm, Sweden, will also be part of the Snake Pit lineup.

The speedway website states the band has been embraced by an audience that spans fans, luxury brands and tastemakers, leading them to garner attention from across the globe.

The fourth of the EDM lineup is GRiZ, who has worked with rapper Talib Kweli, Afrobeat group Antibalas and the LA Children's Chorus.

His 2017 album "Good Will Continue" was influenced by musicians James Brown and Miles Davis, according to the speedway website.

“His new full-length finds a golden mean between an abundance of brass instruments, liberal use of soulful vocals, and shimmering, synth beats," the website states.

A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Diplo received two Grammy wins for Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronic Album in 2016. He actually received the awards in 2015. The IDS regrets its error.

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