HARD Summer may seem like months away, but what’s not to get excited about when it comes to finding out the new venue for this years festival. Set in stone for Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, a massive all grass venue is the first thing that comes to mind. Once the initial enamor of the lush and lively fields wears off, the promise of a fifth stage brings the excitement back to fruition. Just ten minutes from downtown LA, HARD keeps it’s roots planted firmly in SoCal. The only thing left to do is get your early bird on sale tickets this Friday at 10 am to make sure you’re a part of the summer shenanigans set to take place August 2 & 3.
Coming off a huge festival performance at Spring Awakening in Chicago, HARD fest maestro Gary Richards aka Destructo will be taking over VERSUS this Thursday @ The Central in Santa Monica. Rumor has it that he’s bringing a very special secret guest that you do NOT want to miss. Supporting the night will be our very own Bones and Danceism’s Ben Oprstu, with an opening set by MURDA. This event will reach capacity so please RSVP and arrive early to guarantee entry!
I’m very happy to see the sun shining on this Wednesday, and there is a good amount of news to update you with. Orbital is planning to release a new full-length album, Boys Noize is readying a remix compilation, Ultra Music Festival Brazil announced the lineup, Red Bull Music Academy invades Madrid, and Gary Richards did an interview with the Los Angeles Times. Check out the GDD™ Morning Update tune and read more on the stories after the jump.
HARD 13 was incredible. deadmau5 was the special guest, playing alongside Steve Duda and Tommy Lee. The balcony was raging harder than the floor and pretty much every person in the place was clearly “on a good one.” Here’s a couple clips I took followed by some longer clips of each artist, plus the tunes you may in fact be dying to snag after you watch said clips. Oh, dear readers, what a night…
In the clip above, Jack Beats engaged a very enthusiastic crowd with some tunage by our dear friend Sonic C.
Heaps of totally fun HARD beach balls were released from the top at the end of Jack Beat’s set. This made many people very, very happy and is always a nice touch. Adding simple little extra details like this to your party can have a big effect and is always recommended.
Finally here’s a couple clips of WTF (deadmau5, Steve Duda + Tommy Lee) playing in the very cozy upstairs lounge/bar area. Seeing them play what felt like a house party set with everyone crowded around was a very cool experience and topped off a most impressive HARD event. We were able to stand right behind the mau5 and see what he’s doing on his Jazzmutant Lemur in addition to being able to check out Steve Duda’s screen, which full of all kinds of complicated geeky waveforms and wonderment. Tommy Lee just generally kept things pretty party.
I think Gary Richards has done a good thing by making these changes after what had happened at HARD Summer. Bringing the festival back to the Shrine and separating it into two days was a brilliant move and I’m excited to be able to enjoy a full HARDfest this time (hopefully). What do you guys think?