Resurrected: HARD Day of the Dead 2018 Review

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At the tender age of four, HARD Events said good-bye to one of its most popular festivals, Day of the Dead. Buried six-feet under the earth and grieved by many, the Southern California event was in its infancy, yet showed many signs of promise and many hoped for a long life ahead. Tragically, the festival

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HARD Day of the Dead delivers impeccable comeback lineup topped by Justice, Die Antwoord, and Knife Party

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HARD Day of the Dead delivers impeccable comeback lineup topped by Justice, Die Antwoord, and Knife PartyJustice Julian Bajsel Coachella C014875

HARD‘s once defunct Day of the Dead property is officially back, slated for November 3 at the event’s original home at LA Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles. While rumors have been circulating since the event’s announcement earlier this summer, and a too-good-to-be-true lineup surfacing shortly thereafter, the southern California events giant has now followed up with their official roster for 2018’s event, and its damn near just as good. Headlining DOTD’s comeback edition is Justice, breaking out their live stage rig for one final outing, exactly six years to the day after the Parisian legends headlined the inaugural Day of the Dead. South African rave-rap pioneers Die Antwoord and Knife Party also top this year’s lineup, along with a stacked cast of supporting acts.

House heroes Thee Mike B, J. Phlip, Jack Beats, and Shiba San also make their way onto this year’s billing, along with Lee Foss, Cashmere Cat, and DNMO among others. Tickets for HARD Day of the Dead on sale September 27 at 12:00pm PST.

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A HARD Day of the Dead poster has surfaced… but it may be too good to be true

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A HARD Day of the Dead poster has surfaced… but it may be too good to be truePrydz Mau5 Hard Dotd

UPDATE: HARD has confirmed this lineup is not the official lineup

 

Los Angeles electronic events giant HARD recently made headlines with the return of their once defunct Day of the Dead property, bringing the festival back to its original home at LA Historic Park this November. The news set the rumor mill ablaze, speculating which HARD alumni might make their return for the festival’s re-inauguration, and now a lineup poster has surfaced. At first glance, it looks like one of the most stacked dance billings of the year, though upon closer examination, some minor fractures in the unconfirmed lineup may reveal this one is too good to be true. No harm in putting our eggs in this basket for the time being and hoping it actually materializes though.

The rumored lineup features a rare 2018 performance from Skrillex — fans might remember the last time Sonny Moore rested the Skrillex project to link up with Boys Noize for Dog Blood in 2013, Moore’s comeback performance was at none other than Day of the Dead. Boys Noize is featured on the lineup as well, and anytime Skrillex and Boys Noize are in the same hemisphere, there arises a glimmer of hope for Dog Blood fans. Gesaffelstein is tapped as a DJ headliner and a Bixel Boys reunion in the undercard are some red flags. Again, this could either be the greatest lineup of the season or a certified fake. Deadmau5, Kaytranada, Bloody Beetroots live, and Baauer all make appearances on the rumored roster as well, with a grip of additional dance music power players. For Day of the Dead’s highly anticipated return to LA, we’re betting HARD pulled out all the stops — fingers crossed this one is confirmed official.

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Good Morning Mix: Relive Valentino Khan’s set from HARD Summer 2018

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Good Morning Mix: Relive Valentino Khan’s set from HARD Summer 2018Valentino Khan 3 White Rabbit

Summer and festival season might be approaching their close, but aren’t going down to easily. Artists across the dance music board are operating at full throttle, maintaining extensive tour schedules until the final moments and keeping the heat alive musically with an array of fresh singles and numerous gig recordings. Valentino Khan is one of those juggernauts keeping energy levels up, and he’s just granted fans with an expeditious release of his HARD Summer set.

Though the festival itself passed by not too long before Khan shared his hour of throbbing, house-based beats, it easily stands as a highlight of the season for the performer. The producer puts himself and his tastes on full display, whipping his young audience into a frenzy with his raucous brand of electronic. He also threw in a few choice originals from the season, including “Deep Down Low.” Originally broadcasted live on Insomniac Radio, his time behind the Green decks is officially immortalized for all to enjoy.

 

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HARD’s Day of the Dead Festival to make 2018 Comeback

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Another year, another highly successful HARD Summer Music Festival. The annual party went down yet again at the Speedway in Fontana, Southern California, hosting massive names like Marshmello, Virtual Self, Dillon Francis b2b Diplo, Zeds Dead b2b Jauz, and so many more. Given just these few headliners, it’s apparent that the HARD brand is massive,

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Stream HARD Summer 2018 sets from Diplo & Dillon Francis, Marshmello, Mija, and more

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HARD Summer 2018 has come and gone — the festival’s first year without founder of the HARD brand Gary Richards (a.k.a. Destructo) at the helm — and all seemed to go as planned. Recruiting some of today’s top talent in house, future bass, dubstep, and hip-hop, the weekend featured some powerhouse back-to-back sets from Dillon Francis & Diplo, Zeds Dead & Jauz, and A-Trak & Baauer. Travis Scott celebrated the release of his new album, Astroworld, and Mija dropped another set that completely embodies her “Fk A Genre” mantra.

With more sets from Marshmello, Ghastly, Louis the Child, and others, this weekend marked the beginning of a new chapter for the HARD organization. Check out some of the top sets of the weekend below.

Diplo b2b Dillon Francis:

Travis Scott:

Zeds Dead b2b Jauz:

A-Trak b2b Baauer:

Marshmello:

Mija:

Louis The Child:

Ghastly:

Big Wild:

Slushii:

 

HARD Events Releases First Ever HARD Summer Compilation Mix

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We’re only a week away and excitement is building for fans of HARD Summer, one of Southern California’s most beloved music festivals. For those eager enthusiasts, that excitement continues today as HARD Events, one of electronic music’s biggest festival brands, released its first-ever compilation mix. The HARD Summer 2018 Compilation features some of the biggest

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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

 

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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