HARD Summer 2013: Six Acts to Remember
On the weekend of Saturday, August 3rd to Sunday, August 5th, a vibrant crowd of SoCal electronic dance music lovers flocked to the downtown grounds of this year’s HARD Summer music festival. Headliners including Knife Party, Empire of the Sun, Justice, Duck Sauce and Dog Blood moved the energetic masses across the venue that wowed with a personality all its own. The Los Angeles State Historic Park, located smack dab in the center of the city’s quirky Chinatown district, served once again as the perfect backdrop for one of L.A.'s last remaining dance music spectacles.
The action began at 12:30pm on Saturday afternoon with a wide spectrum of talent divvied up across four different stages – HARD Stage, HARDer Stage, Summer Stage, and the event's only tented destination, the Underground Stage. Fans with a hankering for headlining acts visited the HARD Stage, also known as the festival’s resident main stage. The HARDer Stage attracted bass-cravers and headbangers in attendance, featuring all-star acts including Baauer, Dillon Francis, and Flosstradamus.
Rapper Azealia Banks, who has made waves in recent months as one of hip-hop's most opinionated divas, was set to appear at the HARDer stage on Sunday evening. To the surprise and disappointment of many fans, Banks failed to show for her 6:25pm set time. With her absence completely unannounced, many were left to wonder about the change in timing. L.A.-based electro house mix master Clockwork's set was extended in order to account for the abrupt change in plans and was followed immediately by leading trap music duo Flosstradamus. Her gig at HARD Summer was just one of three commitments she resigned from over the weekend. She was also nowhere to be found for scheduled set times at Chicago's Lollapalooza as well as Osheaga Festival in Montreal, Quebec – two fests that also showcased her infamous Twitter beef target, fellow female MC Angel Haze.
Below, we've listed six standout acts of the 12-hour electric spectacular that'll keep us looking back for years to come.
Dog Blood: Their moniker may be new to festival rosters, but hordes of HARD Summer partiers made it a priority to catch all that Dog Blood had to offer on Saturday evening. The DJ/production duo resulted from a prestigious musical alliance between EDM A-listers Skrillex and Boys Noize. Their set fell at dusk, with the transition into nightfall acting as the perfect context for the dark, sharp-edged sound they had to deliver. For one hour and 15 minutes, they charged on with an eclectic smattering of expertly paced and curated techno, trap and hard house tracks.