HARD announces annual Red Rocks takeover with DJ Snake, Virtual Self, and more

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As the festival circuit and the weather start to warm up, west coast festival goers know it’s getting close to HARD season. The LA-based electronic events giant has announced the official lineup for their sixth annual Red Rocks event slated this year for August 2 featuring a headlining performances by DJ Snake, Virtual Self, Mija, GG Magree, and Hekler. HARD generally offers their Red Rocks lineup as a primer ahead of their flagship summer event billing, usually around the time of Coachella. If this year’s Red Rocks talent roster is any indication, expect HARD to deliver another top-notch lineup later this month.

Roping together a well-rounded bill of exciting electronic talents, HARD comes through with a characteristically bold lineup ahead of their return to Morrison, Colorado. With Porter Robinson returning to HARD Red Rocks and longtime friends of the brand in DJ Snake and Mija topping the bill, expect this year’s event to exceed the hype.

Ticket and event information for HARD Red Rocks 2018 on August can be found here


HARD Red Rocks Announces Lineup W/ DJ Snake, Virtual Self + More

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Today, HARD Events has announced the lineup for HARD Red Rocks 2018, returning to one of the nation’s most naturally stunning venues on August 2. HARD Red Rocks 2018 will welcome ‘Pardon My French’ flagbearer DJ Snake, Porter Robinson’s futuristic alias Virtual Self, one of electronic music’s most of the moment stars Mija, Australian trap

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Gary Richards’ FRIENDSHIP cruise is already sold out, because of course

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When electronic music maven Gary Richards announced his newest event, FRIENDSHIP, would be setting sail from Miami all the way to Coco Bay in the Bahamas, the wave of excitement in the dance community was high. As Dancing Astronaut first reported, the man also-known-as Destructo’s new venture would be backed by his own, and newly minted, AMFAMFAMF banner aboard the Celebrity Equinox December 11–15.

Now, AMFAMFAMF announced that cabins are no longer available for its inaugural sailing. Despite no lineup yet unveiled, 3,000 FriendShippers placed their trust in Richards’ ability to man the FRIENDSHIP’s maiden voyage and make it one to remember. FRIENDSHIP sold-out within less than 48 hours — because of course.

Richards has undoubtedly built an irrefutable reputation in the industry over the years as the founder of HARD Events and the current president of LiveStyle. As such, FriendShippers can expect some of the best international music acts aboard the ship, and though the lineup will surely prove to be an impressive feat, the four-night venture promises immeasurable beauty in itself.


Holy Ship! releases 2018 recap video

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HARD Summer moves forward despite Gary Richards departure

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When Gary Richards (aka Destructo), father of HARD Events, announced his plans to leave parent company Live Nation after 2017’s HARD Summer, ambiguity surfaced over the future of the festival, which was then celebrating its 10th anniversary. To make matters worse, HARD had been receiving hefty backlash over the controversial 2017 installment of its HARD Summer trailer, which for years has been a staple of the imprint, hosting Porter Robinson and Dillon Francis‘ announcement of the fictitious Spoon Ü.

Nonetheless, HARD Summer is set to move forward into 2018 without its divine leader, scheduled for Aug. 4-5. Unsurprisingly, as it has run through seven locations in its 10 years running, HARD has yet to report where exactly the festival will take place.

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Gary Richards aka Destructo Calls it Quits with HARD Events and Live Nation

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It’s the end of an era! Gary Richards ask Destructo announces that he will be quitting HARD events and Live Nation after this weekends HARD Summer event!

BREAKING: Gary Richards Releases Statement On Leaving HARD To Pursue ‘Incredible New Opportunity’

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We wanted to update our readership with a development on the Gary Richards story we published earlier today. Gary has released the below statement about the news which broke hours ago. We wish nothing but the best to the father of HARD Events moving forward. “To all the HARDfam & Shipfam: I am leaving Live

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MTV Live Gives us a Look at How Gary Richards and HARD Took Over the World

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Destructo and Friends Bring Renegade Tour to Los Angeles

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There are few people in the EDM industry who stay as busy as Gary Richards, whether in the studio or behind the decks as Destructo, or as the head honcho of HARD events. You would think it would be difficult for such a busy guy to get out and tour, but Destructo doesn’t adhere to any rules. Fresh on the heels of two heavily hip-hop leaning singles, “Catching Plays” featuring Pusha T and “Winning” featuring Problem, Destructo has taken his aptly named Renegade tour on the road over the past month. Destructo and friends made their Los Angeles stop this past Friday at Avalon and it was a night for the books.destructo-at-avalon

Destructo rolled into town with a deep entourage including a bevy of all-star West coast rappers, Ty Dolla $ign, Problem, Too Short, and E-40 (who was on the bill). Too Short was a definite surprise, but I’ll get to that later. Again, there was just something about the night, I got there around 11:15, Vindata was warming up the stage with some solid bass and dubstep sounds. Avalon’s production is always on point, and it was already in full effect for a warmup act. Legendary bay-area rapper E-40 took the stage around midnight, and he played a thunderous 30 minutes of music encompassing all of his hits including “Tell Me When to Go” and “U and Dat” and “Saved.” If the crowd wasn’t already in a frenzy, it was now.

I would be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about Destructo bringing out Ty Dolla $ign during his set. I didn’t have to wait long, the two of them opened up with their smash, crossover hit, “For Real.” Shrouded in a hoodie and the smoke of the stage, Ty Dolla $ign lurked across the stage for the first few songs of Destructo’s set bringing his signature blend of raps and smokey vocals along with. I think it’s safe to say that Ty Dolla $ign is the go-to rapper for EDM artists at this point. Destructo continued with some deep and vibey house sets. I stepped off the floor for a moment to grab a drink, and, boy, was I in for a treat when I returned.


While I had hopes and at least an inkling that Ty Dolla $ign would make an appearance, I was not prepared for the next guest. When I returned from the bar, Too Short had taken the stage, performing his smash hit “Blow the Whistle,” while the stage was filled with fans. Where they came from, who knows, but it was the definition of lit inside the venue at this point. Destructo continued to take the crowd through his set of house and bass grooves, all the while, the outstanding light panels of Avalon providing plenty of entertainment value of their own. Although his next guest, was an expected one, it was still glorious nonetheless.

Problem joined Destructo for a medley of their collaborations including the epic “Dare You 2 Move” and their aforementioned new track, “Winning.” It was a wild night in Hollywood for Destructo’s Renegade Tour, it had all the makings of a HARD production, just on a much smaller and more intimate scale. The Renegade tour will be making two more stops in November in Philadelphia and New York. Felix da Housecat and Drezo will be joining Destructo in Philadelphia. E-40 will again be joining Destructo in New York. Check out Destructo’s new track “Winning” featuring Problem below.

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Officials Move to Ban Electronic Music Events at San Manuel Amphitheater

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Discussions look set to take place in September?