1. The Lineup
The top 5 reasons should really just begin and end here. From Justice to Tommy Trash to Diplo to Foreign Beggars, Hard is bringing some of the dirtiest beats to LA. Crookers just announced their break-up, and we can’t wait to see what lasting impression they’re going to leave behind. Trap music is also gaining steam, and Baauer has definitely had a large part to play in that, due in no small part to “Harlem Shake,” traps poster child song. No discussion of Hard’s lineup is complete without mentioning Justice, however, and their closing set at the Hard stage is, without a doubt, the most anticipated of the night.
2. The timing
Pardon the pun, but everyone goes a little harder when it’s Halloween, and we can’t wait to see people’s freaky Halloween costume, makeup and dance moves. With Halloween awkwardly falling on a Wednesday this year, we were left asking which weekend to celebrate. With Hard, people have an excuse to continue celebrating the craziest night of the year.
3. The name
With a name like Day of the Dead, festivalgoers can bring out their darker side. The sounds of moombahton, trap, and dubstep set against the dazzling backdrop of Downtown LA are going to be perfect to get people going a little crazier than normal. Hard festival-producers are also going to have production tricks up their sleeves, some of which may very well awaken the dead.
4. The location
Hard is one of the few large-scale dance music festivals still held in LA. Unlike other massives, where people are forced to trek hours to some location in the middle of nowhere, Day of the Dead is taking place in the heart of LA’s Chinatown. The venue is also an ideal size, with stages being far enough to stave off music bleed, but also in comfortable walking distance from one another. People can also take the Metro the Historic Park, avoiding the hassle of having a designated driver and parking. Overall, good locations and organization make for happy festivalgoers, and happy festivalgoers make for even better festivals.
5. The lineup
Seriously, though, if you’re still not convinced why you should go, check out the full lineup: