Snakehips Invades NYC’s Terminal 5 for A Saturday Night Dance Party


Fans arrived early and ready to party with British electronic duo Snakehips at NYC’s Terminal 5 last Saturday. Doors opened at 7, with Snakehips going on at 10, but the place was already half full when I arrived for the first (of three) opener. There was an excitement in the air and I can sense the crowd was there to dance and have a good time from the get go. I know I certainly was.

Snakehips consists of two fine British blokes; Oliver Lee and James Carter. They’ve been around for a number of years now and seemingly have found their big breaks this past year or two as they’ve collaborated with artists like Chance the Rapper, MØ, ZAYN, and many more big names. I actually saw them do a DJ set at a small club in Brooklyn a few years ago, so I was intrigued for a performance in a large venue such as Terminal 5. Not surprisingly, they provided a big stage show.

Before diving into the actual show I should mention that for some reason there was only one Snakehip performing that night, Oliver Lee. There seemed to be no mention of what happened to James Carter but we’re hoping he’s doing just fine.

Onwards to the show: it was one hell of a party. Snakehips performed for more than an hour and a half exhausting their discography and a plethora of remixes. They covered everything from Childish Gambino to Kendrick Lamar and of course mixed in their new All My Friends EP which includes the self-titled track “All My Friends,” featuring Tinashe and Chance the Rapper. Fittingly, it was performed last and it had the entire crowd going nuts singing along to the chorus. Although there was some disappointment that no popular featured artists came out during the show, Snakehips did bring out Aanysa to support their single “Burn Break Cash.” She did an amazing job on the song and in her dancing in what must’ve been at least 6-inch black heels. She got low, she twerked, she jumped; I was afraid I may have to catch her if she fell off of the stage. However, she was poised, she was graceful, she sang pretty damn well, and closed her performance with an on-stage selfie capturing the entire crowd.


Honestly, as a photographer, the light show that accompanied every song throughout the night, may have been my favorite part of the show. The color schemes, the timely illuminations of Lee and the crowd, plus the always glowing “Snakehips” neon sign attached to the raised DJ podium, made for eye catching visuals. They were tasked to put on a big venue performance, and they most certainly achieved that.

If Snakehips shows up to your neck of the woods in the near future, I highly recommend checking them out if you want to party and dance your night away to some dope beats.

Coverage by Mike Golembo

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