Imagine two idyllic summer days and nights of experiencing extraordinary music in downtown Los Angeles. Skies are crystal clear and you’re listening to badass bands like Bloc Party and Miike Snow alongside mad hatter producers like 12th Planet and Skrillex as your crew enjoys a few libations and the city’s impressive skyline. HARD SUMMER revelry in Los Angeles State Historic Park may be all you need for your summer festival fun.
HARD founder, Gary Richards (DJ name: Destructo), had a vision more than five years ago when he set out to create the HARD party brand and LA’s epic DJ-centric downtown music festival. Since Electric Daisy Carnival departed for Las Vegas, it is the city’s most significant EDM festival gathering. Seriously, name another one.
It happens on Friday and Saturday August 3 - 4, 2012. Four sizable stages (ah, it ain’t called HARD for nothin’) will host more than 50 bands and DJs including the aforementioned acts alongside the unrelenting Boyz Noise, Paris Hilton loving A-Trak, the always-outrageous Gaslamp Killer, alongside boy wonders Zedd and Dillion Francis to name a few. Oldskool acts in the line-up include Joey Beltram, and Booty Collins with a DJ set by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy.
We’re heading out to see Bloody Beetroot’s DJ set, Squarepusher, Datsik, Claude Von Stroke and a few others you haven’t heard of (yet). Bring your earplugs for Nero. It was truly obnoxious how ear-splitting their sound was in the dance tent at Coachella 2012. And we like it l-o-u-d, h-a-r-d and d-i-r-t-y as in Birdy Nam Nam (rhymes with “dirty”). Yeah, don’t miss this collective either. They have the best name ever and they’re damn talented turntableists even if they are a little quirky.
Two day passes for HARD SUMMER are still available but going fast and single tickets may be sold out by the time you read this. For tickets go here. See you at this ecstatic two-day musical experience. Or perhaps at one of these 10 things to do in downtown Los Angeles.