Last year, HARD Summer brought electronic and hip-hop fans together for a large celebration at the height of festival season while also breaking acts like Jauz. This year's lineup keeps this mix intact, blending tried-and-true headliners with exciting up-and-comers. These are 12 breaking acts you should keep an eye on as you head to HARD Summer this year.
The Dirtybird co-founder released his second album Hello Clouds earlier this year on his birthday, April 20, to wide acclaim. His set will surely bring down the house. A few of his label companions, including Claude VonStroke, Ardalan, and Justin Jay, are also playing the Pink Stage on Saturday.
LOUIS THE CHILD
This Chicago-LA duo has been tearing up the festival circuit while finishing high school and starting college. Their latest collaboration with Icona Pop, "Weekend", tops off a discography that's quickly becoming iconic, including the K.Flay-featuring hit "It's Strange" & remixes of Ty Dolla $ign and Miike Snow.
We've been proudly touting REZZ's skills since she got signed to mau5trap in a near-bidding war last year, naming her one of 2015's Top Ten Emerging Artists. The onslaught of music hasn't slowed down since then, and we've been catching up with REZZ throughout her tour. But don't take our word for it: just listen to this dope live set from last year's Day of the Dead.
andhim recently closed the Woogie stage at Lightning in a Bottle and left the crowd flabbergasted. When it comes to house records, they know how to pick them. In the past year, the Cologne-hailing duo has released tunes on Black Butter and Get Physical. You'll thank yourself later if you check them out on Saturday.
These Honolulu Soundcloud legends are coming into town to play the Purple Stage, probably one of the earlier sets in the day. If you're into fun future bass music, they'll be worth waking up early.
Dombresky's the latest in a line of rising Parisian excellencies in the dance music scene. His debut EP was picked up by Fool's Gold Records, and Tchami took notice, bringing Dombresky into the studio to collaborate and signing one of his tracks to imprint CONFESSION. Don't sleep on the French.
LIL UZI VERT
HARD Summer is strong with hip-hop talent this year, from Travis Scott to Anderson .Paak, but Lil Uzi Vert represents the year's rising rap act at HARD Summer. He just announced his next mixtape The Perfect Luv right after leading 2016's XXL freshman class.
Oshi started in the scene as part of the Film Noir collective, but quickly came into his own while rising towards potential superstardom. His excellent, emotive music and the open creative process through which he expresses himself have endeared him to a large fanbase.
Multi-talented Alex Crossan describes himself as a "20 year old beat slayer heart breaker producer singer writer lover." He's been honing his craft over the past five years, and at HARD Summer he'll have the chance to show everyone how that hard work pays off.
In addition to running his own label, LouLou Records, this Belgian DJ-whisperer has seen his music released on a lot of labels, including Kompakt, OFF Recordings, 2DIY4, Bunny Tiger, and Noir Music. He will make people dance their asses off.
Longtime HARD attendees know this name, as Brodinksi and his label Bromance Records grew up alongside the festival. He's evolved from French electro to Atlanta hip-hop in his production, and will bring a perfect blend for HARD Summer.
Glasgow's Jackmaster runs the influential Numbers label, and he's part of house supergroup J.E.S.u.S alongside Eats Everything, Skream, and Seth Troxler. His impressive contribution to the DJ-Kicks series released earlier this month, introducing new anthems from the likes of Eliphino and exclusives from Denis Sulta, Tessela, and Alcatraz Harry. His collection is deep and filled with one-of-a-kind records, making him a can't miss act.
Tickets are quickly selling out for HARD Summer, which takes place July 30-31 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.