Much larger than last year, HARD Summer returned to the grassy Los Angeles State Historic Park for eight hours of flashing lights, warm vibes, and pounding beats. With four properly outfitted stages, an enormous number of people arrived at the sold out event.
Kicking the event off was up-and-comer Dillon Francis. HARD chose well to go with the moombahton master as an opening act. An LA native himself, Dillon had no trouble getting the event started. Also serving plenty for fans of live indietronica and nu disco, HARD delivered a strong helping of both Ratatat and Chromeo. Rocking out live on stage, Chromeo made the ladies go wild with their unique brand of sexy grooves and funky vocal effects.
HARD brought an incredible bass music lineup over at the HARDer stage. One of the best artists in attendance, the UK’s Emalkay went heavy and dropped some of his sickest tunes, including Massive and When I Look At You. Following him, Dutch trio Noisia completely decimated the crowd with their remix of Raise Your Weapon by Deadmau5. Finishing off the night, heavyweights Nero and Skrillex showed no mercy in their sets, and showed off their new hit collaboration Promises. Skrillex arrived very happy to be home and opened with a new tune called Voltage (see YouTube Video below).
With so many great acts to see, house heads couldn’t have asked for better talent with back to back sets by both Jack Beats and Digitalism. The crowd over at the Summer stage had enormous energy that was almost infectious. Later back at the HARD mainstage, the sea of ravers bounced lightheartedly to Barbra Streisand by none other than the mighty Duck Sauce. And saving one of the best for last, Boys Noize did what he does best, finishing off the night with a plunge into dark electro house.
With an expansive festival grounds near the heart of downtown LA, HARD put on their best summer event to date. If you want to get your next fix of that HARD sound, be sure to checkout their upcoming Halloween event, HARD Haunted Mansion.