The anticipation is building with HARD’s annual Los Angeles party nearly upon us. Hard Day of the Dead is the Halloween party of LA, taking in everyone from mainstage stars Pete Tong and Knife Party, to HARD regulars RL Grime and GTA. The sister event to HARD Summer, DOTD may very well be Gary Richards’ flagship festival. Growing steadily, HARD has made a quick name for themselves in the ever growing dance music scene in America, hosting their first party back in 2007 right here in Downtown LA and quickly taking things nationally from New York to Miami and more.
RL Grime has his own curated VOID Stage this year. The roster is impressive, including Cashmere Cat, Rustie, Sophie, Branchez, Ape Drums, Tommy Kruise, Nina Las Vegas, Djemba Djemba, Wedidit and CAM’RON. The lineup is epic and luckily for us HARD knows a thing or two and curates a damn good schedule to help make the decisions of who to see a little easier and provides an all around amazing party for us to get lost at.
Hard Day of the Dead’s main focal point is also one of the coolest stage productions we have ever seen. This year’s main stage, designed to look like a Mayan Pyramid, is just as eerie as it is impressive. Throw Knife Party into the mix and you’ve got something truly menacing. Check the official full lineup and our top five pics below.
Jamie Jones – Pink Stage Saturday @ 9:45pm
The Hot Creations label head has had a huge few years, and spent the summer keeping Ibiza’s DC10 moving with his own brand of sunshine tech-house. As one of the most talented producers in techno today, Jamie Jones has defined his own sound and style, a soulful yet hard hitting groove.
Danny Daze – HARDer Stage Saturday @ 5:50
Danny Daze is going to be blowing up the sun-soaked festival with his own brand of dark, seedy techno. With over 30 releases to his name for labels such as Hot Creations, Nervous Records, Slow Roast, Plant Music and many others, he's become a young veteran of the US house and techno scene.
Anna Lunoe – Pink Stage Sunday @ 3pm
Australian producer/DJ Anna Lunoe is crushing that rubbery, throwback bass house sound at the moment and is one of the artists to check out this year.
Claude VonStroke – Purple Stage Sunday @ 9:45pm
Dirtybird co-founder Claude VonStroke is on vintage form at the moment, and is someone you should absolutely skip Calvin Harris and Bassnectar for. Only worth coming to see if you're prepared to get sweaty and nasty.
Booka Shade – 7UP Green Stage Sunday @ 8:40pm
German legends Booka Shade are well-known for their superb live performances so if you’re a aspiring dance head make sure you catch them for a vigorous lesson in the joys of the old school. Thanks to massive underground hits like ‘Mandarine Girl’, Booka Shade already have a serious cult following in clubland, where, uniquely, you’ll find their tunes being spun by DJs as diverse as Tiesto and Richie Hawtin, everywhere from Manchester’s Warehouse Project to Berlin’s Watergate.
The Festival will take over Fairplex – formerly known as the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona – on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 November; single and double day passes are on sale here.