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Our favorite festival in Southern California is around the corner once again. We were absolutely blown away by last year’s HARD Summer, but 2016’s event is only going to be bigger and better! There is a couple of major changes in the festival this year, including the switch of venue and its addition as a two-day camping festival. That’s right – there’s camping available and it’s definitely going to fuel the festival vibe and spirit. In terms of location, HARD 2016 is taking place in the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, just east of the Pomona Fairplex (last year’s venue). Its move to the new location helps cope with the camping option and allows even more guests inside the festival. It’s definitely a giant step-up from the last HARD Summer.
Now moving on to the lineup. It’s everything we desire and more. It is a great mix between electronic and hip-hop acts, with a stacked roster of up and coming artists. Huge names like Flosstradamus, Medeon and Travis Scott would headline Saturday’s festival, together with talents like Rezz, Louis The Child, Jerry Folk, Slushii and many others who are shaping the current dance scene. Founder of Hard, Gary Richards a.k.a Destructo would also participate as the tradition continues. Following an epic performance from this year’s Coachella, Ice Cube would be closing out the night and would sure to turn up the heat in Fontana by a few more notches.
Sunday’s lineup is equally as awesome as Saturday’s. Electronic powerhouses like Dillon Francis and Zeds Dead will be returning to Hard Summer for the second straight year. Also, genius producer Porter Robinson is moved from Saturday to the Sunday lineup due to a scheduling conflict. Other popular electronic acts like Jai Wolf, Kaytranada and Mura Masa would also be participating in this giant dance galore. AC Slater, Boys Noize and Kill The Noise are some of the veterans in their respective genre that will be attending the festival. To top it all off, Major Lazer will be sure to conclude the night with an electrifying performance.
It’s safe to say that Hard Summer is an event you can’t miss. To get you pumped up when July 30 comes, we’ve prepared a playlist featuring some of the acts in the lineup. Peep it below and we’ll see you all there!
Some things come and go, but the Indie Dojo is forever. And if you missed last weeks or the months before, you can always go back. Seriously though, unless the internet explodes, count on a fresh new playlist featuring artists from the endless universe of indie, right here, every Tuesday.
There hasn’t been a project that Cloudhead Records backed that wasn’t dope. This past week they released an EP called finite from an Icelandic cat-loving producer named dark cat. After listening to one of the tracks, we were a fan, but after listening to the whole EP, we were blown away.
Over the past year, dark cat has been releasing a myriad of tracks here and there, but we feel that this new EP is the start of something special in his career. The musicality throughout this EP will knock you off your feet. From the start with “BANANA STREET,” you get sucked in and dark cat never lets you go. This EP builds strength and speed as it progresses, with the first two future tracks seducing your ears, then “IRENE” hits with its dynamic sounds. After that, “PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS” brings the pace down a bit with its jolly composition that will give you frisson at least once. The last song on the finite EP, is the only collaboration on the project. dark cat teams up with lonemoon for what may be the best track on the project, as well as the most different stylistically. Safe to say, we’re all about dark cat now, and chances are you will be too. Check out the EP and open up iTunes if you want a copy.
The first day coming off a 3 day weekend is never easy. It sucks actually. But, let’s focus on the positive. It’s a short week and it’s Tuesday. And what’s good about Tuesdays? Well, a brand new Indie Dojo of course. Hopefully, it will help ease in to the week a little easier.
The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer & the Indie Dojos are building quite the collection for your future summer soundtrack.