Diesel:U:Music Feat. Clipse, Kanye, Lykke Li, Roots, Passion Pit @ Webster Hall, NYC 7/30/09

Last fall Diesel celebrated its 30th birthday in Brooklyn with a concert by N.E.R.D., Franz Ferdinand, T.I., and a very pregnant M.I.A. So expectations for last night’s Diesel:U:Music event and its promise of very special guests were high (like planes) (sorry). Jay-Z would probably show up and spit with the Roots? He is in town! Hipsters adore him! But Jay-Z did not show up. Even though everyone was chanting his name all night! Scheduled co-headliner Drake did not show up either. He is nursing a torn ACL. Solange too was a no-show. She had better things to do I guess. But there were plenty of other performers: the Roots, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Heartsrevolution, The Noisettes, Passion Pit, Lykke Li, Theophilus London (with The Very Best’s Esau Mwamwaya), Cobra Starship, Clipse, and … Kanye West. This was not the rapper-turned-furniture blogger’s first surprise cameo at a denim party this year. Should’ve guessed. Santiago Felipe braved the long line and wayward sweaty beards at Webster Hall to bring you these photos.You’ll also find video of Pusha, Malice, and Gayfish on “Kinda Like a Big Deal” after the jump.