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The Epic Return of HARD Summer season to Los Angeles [Event Review]

The Epic Return of HARD Summer season to Los Angeles [Event Review]


HARD Summer season and Insomniac Occasions made their triumphant return to the town of Los Angeles this previous weekend. It was the primary full scale digital music pageant to be held within the metropolis in a decade; the primary since HARD Summer season final came about at LA State Historic Park in 2013.

Town has been warming up for this; Kaskade and deadumau5 performed a full present on the Coliseum final December, and Insomniac has been internet hosting occasions at “The Torch”, the Coliseum’s northeast entrance. Nevertheless, this was the primary multi-day pageant to be held on the Exposition Park grounds since EDC again in 2010. Total, the weekend was an enormous success and is hopefully the runway for extra Los Angeles-based occasions. Since this was a very new setup, there’s lots to get into.

The Pageant Structure

HARD Summer season has been on the acquainted NOS Occasions Heart the previous two years, and it occupied the Fontana Speedway, three of the 4 years previous to that. Insomniac went completely big with the pageant structure for the return to Los Angeles. The HARD stage occupied all the space behind each the Coliseum and the BMO Stadium, with MLK Blvd operating alongside the south finish of the pageant.

Headliners might stroll into each of the aforementioned venues and never solely simply entry the ground, however simply chill and sit within the bountiful grandstands that each stadiums offered. The HARD stage was the very first place headliners walked in and having access to the Inexperienced (Coliseum), Purple (BMO Stadium) and Pink levels was tremendous straightforward. Getting from HARD to HARDer was just a little little bit of a stroll, nonetheless, nobody bought misplaced right here. VIP headliners additionally bought entry to an unimaginable air-conditioned space inside BMO. No bottlenecks, straightforward to maneuver round, 9/10.

The Levels

It’s robust to check the HARD stage to levels at festivals like EDC or Tomorrowland which all have very distinctive themes. Through the years, what’s made HARD distinctive is that it actually doesn’t have any kind of aesthetic, apart from yard summer season BBQ, nonetheless, that doesn’t imply that HARD doesn’t have spectacular manufacturing. Actually, the HARDer, Inexperienced and Purple levels all had mind-blowing manufacturing. The HARDer stage form of resembled the Extremely Europe stage. The stage was divided into two horizontal rows of video panels extending outwards and curving inwards behind the DJ sales space. Rows of lights illuminated the columns in between the LED panels. Getting up shut, you bought completely misplaced within the stage design.

The Inexperienced stage contained in the Coliseum had a completely huge scope. The stage featured a sq. video panel border extending out and getting larger in three completely different rounds of panels. Lasers and pyro made the stage come alive at evening, and being inside the large Coliseum gave the Inexperienced stage a scope that the HARDer stage didn’t have.

Similar for the Purple Stage contained in the BMO, which is a model new, world class stadium. The stage featured huge diamond formed video boards protruding out into the group. The primary video board behind the stage showcased all of the insanity that was happening. For Diplo b2b Blond:ish, they even had a basketball hoop arrange for every DJ to shoot free throws on while the opposite one spun. Possibly one of many biggest setups I’ve ever seen.

Whereas the HARD stage was huge, it lacked the grandness and creativity of the opposite levels. It was the identical trapezoidal design that’s featured every of the previous couple years at NOS. I really like the crimson and the added lasers had been a lot appreciated, however, at a stage the place the typical headliner was in all probability actually distant from the stage, it felt small. The sound was not impeccable both.

Metro got here in clutch

In case you’re a veteran SoCal raver like me, you’re in all probability very acquainted with that dreadful drive from LA to San Bernardino. It may possibly strategy two hours, should you’re like me, you’re staying at a Motel 6 or Consolation Inn someplace within the Inland Empire, it’s lots to get on the market for a two or three day pageant. This yr it seems that native headliners overwhelmingly took benefit of public transportation and took the Metro to Downtown Los Angeles. For $3.50 a day you rode perhaps 30-45 minutes fear free to and from the venue. No trying to find parking, no costly rideshares; should you didn’t take the Metro all the way down to the pageant…properly, kudos to you for spending pointless cash. And, though it was sizzling in DTLA, low 90’s, it was nothing like San Bernardino, which skilled triple digit warmth each days of the weekend.

The Lineup

There’s by no means actually been a foul HARD lineup, HARD has at all times been recognized for having a number of the most eclectic and distinctive lineups throughout all festivals. There are at all times HARD stalwarts like Diplo, Skrillex, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, nonetheless, this yr, the pageant went in on distinctive b2bs and appealed to the older millennial in all of us. Kaskade b2b John Summit and Skrillex b2b 4 Tet had been the headliners this yr. One distinction between HARD and different Insomniac festivals, finest consider there’s a designated headliner.

Hip-hop was additionally properly represented with 21 Savage and Child Cudi every taking on the Purple Stage. Early 2000s favorites Fats Joe and Ludacris additionally carried out. Ludacris’s efficiency was notable as he completely packed out the HARDer stage. Seemingly each millennial in Los Angeles was there. Disco was additionally strongly represented on the pageant with Yung Bae on the HARD stage and Jungle on the Purple stage. You by no means know who might be headlining HARD, however you already know it is going to at all times be good.

Areas the Might Use Some Enchancment

Alright it’s come to that point the place I’ve to name some issues out. On this case, there have been solely two issues that stood out to me, however they stood out huge time. Clearly, there’s going to be rising pains with a brand new pageant location, however these have to be addressed.

First, the bottleneck on the entrance. Whereas there was nothing fallacious with strolling down Invoice Robertson Ln from the Metro cease, or wherever you could have parked, there have been mainly 2 VIP entrances and eight GA entrances to all the pageant. That’s a fraction of what’s normally obtainable at NOS Occasions Heart or beforehand on the Fontana Speedway had been there have been a number of entrances. It was fully unorganized entering into the venue and I’m positive loads of individuals simply walked previous the hearty workers who had been wristbanding. Possibly open up extra entrances on MLK Blvd? However, there must be extra room for ingress and a extra orderly approach to get wristbanded.

Second, the VIP part on the HARDer stage. It’s robust to complain about any VIP space, in spite of everything, you’re there. However, should you paid for HARD VIP and spent any first rate period of time on the HARDer stage, you had been vastly disenchanted. The pool was small and crowded, and equally to the entrances there have been mainly six bars serving all the VIP space; evidently the strains weren’t precisely transferring easily. I perceive that house was restricted on the occasion, however the HARDer VIP part didn’t dwell as much as expectations.

That’s just about that on HARD Summer season Los Angeles 2023. Regardless of a few missteps, the pageant was an amazing success. Fingers crossed that HARD maintains its dwelling right here in Los Angeles for the foreseeable future. Nothing has been introduced but, however keep tuned to Insomniac’s socials for future updates.



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