By: Christina Groves & Noe Gomez
HARD SUMMER was one for the books! This year it took place at Glen Helen Park, which was a much better choice in venue. The 6 stages were spread out, yet were not difficult to locate. The sun was out blazing its heat, but that didn’t stop anyone from having a great time. Here’s a review of our favorite sets from this years Hard Fest!
Photo from Billlboard.com, Zeds Dead @ Hard
Day 1 started off with the amazingly talented WHIPPED CREAM! She was hyping everyone up with all her tweets along with her mix for HSMF17 Mix-tape Series. Her set was full of great song choices and excitement, she even brought out Hekler. As a fan, we saw her dedicate 100% into her set to where her energy was simply unmatched. She had the whole crowd moving by dropping so many unexpected bangers! At the end of her set, she stated it was the best day of her life, and you can really see the happiness shining in her eyes.
WHIPPED CREAM @ Hard Fest
Oski came in next and completely DESTROYED the green tent. Playing so many great tracks from Quality Goods Records and getting the crowd just as wild. He even had a special surprises for everyone by bringing out Rickyxsan! Ricky had dropped a new upcoming track and had the crowd going insane. Oski is definitely someone I’ll never miss live again!
Oski @ Hard Fest
The purple stage had Oshi, for a second year in a row and he hyped everyone up. He played all the best hip hop/trap that the music scene is offering right now. Halfway through Oshi’s set, Josh Pan played the Green tent. In my opinion, he played one of the greatest sets of the weekend. Having the funkiest drops that had people pouring in! Josh never disappoints. The night was still filled with many other great artist like SAYMYNAME, Mustdie!, Malaa, and A-Trak.
Other notable sets belongs to Kayzo, Wiwek, and YehMe2. Kayzo brought so much energy, with a very diverse set, dropping harder styles of music which included plenty of his own music along with remixes of some of his greatest tracks from his favorite underground artists. Wiwek had everyone bouncing to jungle terror. He even brought some of the Barong family out with him; Moksi and Lil Debbie came out for a few songs!
YehMe2 reminded everyone that trap is still alive and simply killed it for his first time in California. If I’m not mistaken, this was his first time playing a festival as his new persona ‘YehMe2’ since the split from Flosstradamus.
The second day had the same amount of great artists! 4B had everyone moving to his jersey vibe. His set was another favorite of the weekend. Shiba San played the corona electric beach stage later on in the day, his set was full of great music and good vibes, everyone was dancing and grooving. The day 2 crowd of hard summer was evidently worn out from day one but all the energy from the people who only purchased day 2 tickets encouraged everyone else to shake off their exhaustion and follow after them, making this another easily remembered day at HARD Summer.
Destructo @ Hard
Hard summer had some dope viewing areas for VIP attendee’s including a waist deep pool at the HARDer stage where you could stay cool from the blazing sun while catching some of the greatest artists of the weekend!
Anna Lunoe played hard 8 months pregnant! Not showing any sign of losing energy, the super mom to be head banged and hopped around the stage with the same tenacity of a mom on a mission!
The good times and great vibes were all reassured as the day carried on. Over at the Purple Stage big shot hip hop producer, Mike Will Made It, had an insane song selection and was playing some of his greatest produced songs. Even from outside the tent it was obvious that he had the biggest attraction from the Purple Stage, which just happened to be one of the tents that struggled to contain an overly excited crowd. All in all, this set was definitely a must see that was so well conducted. It included a wide variety of the greatest hip-hop hits with an amazing curve-ball added to it, essentially making it one of HARD’s most exciting performances. In the end, it was a highly appreciated set considering the large crowd it attracted.
Meanwhile down at the main Stage, Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) threw down an explosive high energy set that everyone saw coming. The crowd cheered & chanted “Dog Blood” for a long time, even before they even appeared on the stage. Their whole set was astonishing; they opened up with a remix of “Midnight” by Dog Blood member Boys Noize. As their intro began, the lights went absolutely insane that it nearly had the whole crowd pull out their phones to record. During the set , Skrillex and Boys Noize switched between songs focusing on their specific style, which kept the audience surprised and unexpected of what was going to happen. In-between song selections, good vibes, and crowd engagement; the undeniable star power duo of Dog Blood managed to create one of the best, most exciting sets of the festival all while having the biggest crowd control of the night!
One of the best sets of the night had to belong to 12th planet. His set was full of riddim and dubstep, and he had the entire crowd going WILD! Jimmy Edgar closed the Corona Electric Beach stage on day 2. He played one of the most amazing house sets I’ve ever heard. I could feel the melody swaying through my body with the grooviness.
Some of the best new upgrades were the availability of water compared to last year… last year was pitiful while this year there was water everywhere and the lines were short making it easy to get back to having fun! The new venue was INCREDIBLY beautiful! Glen Helen boasted a gorgeous backdrop of rolling green hills and postcard worthy pastel mountain silhouettes. The festival celebrated its 10th year and it was utterly unforgettable. It’s needless to say – it was an overall success, making this years HARD Summer another unique and memorable weekend.
Some of the artist posted their sets from the great weekend, check them out below!
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