10 Reasons the Hard Summer 2017 Lineup is the G.O.A.T.

When people think of Hard Summer, the typical reaction is a wave of warm sweaty memories of hearing their favorite song for the first time live with their best friends. Some of our most legendary HARD memories are watching Baauer b2b RL Grime at the LA Historic Park, seeing Disclosure perform on the Underground Stage, experiencing Gesaffelstein in a massive warehouse, and having an out-of-body experience as Dog Blood destroys every and all genre barriers.

But I’ll be honest: if this festival were for everyone, it would be called Easy Summer, but that’s just the point. HARD EVENTS has been known to push the envelope in America for 10 years now, bringing out the freshest talent in a festival setting before anyone else in the nation – since 2007. It has always been a festival for those in the know, more specifically, the more musically inclined crowd of the greater Los Angeles area.

But it doesn’t take a local to see the beauty of this lineup. The lineup for 2017 is an emotional one, combining legends from past lineups together with some of the most anticipated underground talent of the electronic music scene today. Gary Richards (Destructo) is paying homage to the artists who’s music has always been prevalent at Hard Events but was never quite given the platform, until now.

We could go on forever, but here are my top 10 reasons why this year’s Hard Summer lineup is the Greatest Of All Time:

1. The French

#Frexit is upon us bringing Justice, Dj Snake, Tchami, Shiba San, Malaa, Brodinski, Mercer, Busy P, and Amine Edge & Dance on a silver platter like caviar.  On one hand you have Hard events legacy artists like Justice, Busy P, Brodinski, and Amine Edge & Dance. On the other you have the latest pioneers of French house music like Tchami, Dj Snake, Malaa, Shiba San, and Mercer.  This is a beautiful blend combining both the old classic sounds that forever shaped music with the newer ground-breaking styles being pushed from our French allies.

2. The British

This year, Gary got indulgent with his curation of British talent. Amidst the lineup you will find Skepta, Chris Lake, Chris Lorenzo, Ghetts, Snakehips, JME, and Floating Points representing the top trending and forward thinking artists of the music scene today. Grime’s popularity (more specifically  Skepta‘s career) has been steadily rising since 2015, but anyone more immersed in the British music scene understands JME (Skepta‘s brother) and Chris Lorenzo (basically God) will be some of the most unique and anticipated sets of the weekend.

3. Snoop Dogg

If you ever have nostalgia for the ’90s, Snoop Dogg performing Doggystyle from 1992 should satisfy your desire for simpler times. Nothing is more Los Angeles than some classic ’90s hip-hop vibes to close out a night of heavy electronic music. There is almost a sure-fire Coachella-esq surprise guest appearance bound to happen because, we all know, that’s how Snoop likes to roll.

4. The Russians?

In all my years of raving I can’t recall a single night where I found myself watching a single Russian artist. What’s exciting about this year’s lineup is the addition of two Russian artists, Volac and Phlegmatic Dogs.  Volac has recently released a new song with Destructo (free download) and is known for their very Brazilian bass influenced music. Both Volac and Phlegmatic Dogs are affiliated with the Los Angeles label Night Bass leading up to what I’m sure will be an experience unlike most.

5. The Women
What stands out most notably about this lineup is the influx of new names. When delving a bit deeper, you discover that 25 of the 110 artists performing are women. That is 1/4th of the entire festival lineup as compared to the lower percentages of most electronic music events (cough cough). What’s even more exciting about this list is the various genres and countries these women represent, adding an entirely new cultural and female perspective to the often standardized sets their male counterparts.
Anna Lunoe, Charlie XCX, Uffie, Gina Turner, Ellen Allien, Nina Las Vegas, DJ Heather b2b Collette, Sita Abellan, GG Magree, Cray, Jubilee, Qrion, Masha, Tinashe, J.Phlip, Kim Anne Foxman, Nancy Whang, Louisahhh, Tink, Madam x, Kittens, JWorra, Deux Twins, & Whipped Cream.

6. The Potential

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7. The Tradition

There are some true ride-or-die’s on this years lineup including Brodinski, Busy P, Doc Martin, Dog Blood, Justice, and Baauer. You even see all your usual suspects on the line up such as Wax Motif, Yehme2 (fka Flosstradamus), Claude von Stroke, Kill the Noise, Jackmaster, and Louisahhh. While most event-goers complain about lineups repeating, Hard keeps a strong middle tier lineup to hold together the best and the upcoming. Which leads me to…

8. The Underground

Sleeper cells to look out for include: Jubilee, Oshi, Qrion, Ekali, Graves, Kittens, Jworra, LDRU, and Josh Pan.  While a few of these artists have been lingering the scene for years, they’ve mastered the elusive skill of dodging the mainstream spotlight. Do not give them a free opt out at Hard Summer. These artists are known to throw down some of the most insane productions and thrifty tracks around that you will probably never hear on a massive festival sound system again. Also this new artist Bassnectar…just kidding.

9. The Mainstream

What I love about Hard Events is the headliners are never some radio one-hit-wonder who blew up over night. Hard consistently books top quality acts based on legacy rather than recency. Proof of this is long time crowd pleasers Zeds Dead, Cashmere Cat, Bassnectar, What So Not, Brillz, Jai Wolf, Ac Slater, MK, Doctor P, and 12th Planet.  No one knows what it takes to carry lasting fame with class in the music industry like these artists do. There’s a reason they’ve been performing as long as they have and are still headliners today.

10. Don’t believe me? Believe the hype.

Name me a more on-brand festival that remains true to its roots in its respective city – I’ll wait.

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Tickets go on sale Friday April 28th @ 9 AM PST

2-Day Passes Starting: $129

Single Day Passes Starting: $89

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Sydney Platt

Sydney Platt

Post-EDM genre purist, professional dancefloor starter, and jack of all raves - lurking in a club near you.
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