Freshly back from HARD’s infamous summer rager in Los Angeles this past weekend, I barely had time to shower off the festival dust before I had to start biting my fingernails over the HARD Day of the Dead announcement. Gary Richards, the man behind the curtain, making HARD’s immensely successful concert tour what it is, did not let the hype die for a second. HARD Summer’s 2 day party-marathon let out, and fans would already have the Halloween lineup to look forward to within a day or so. Although there was about a day’s delay, the lineup finally dropped for Hard Day of the Dead, and the extra day wait built the anticipation even further. Following a lineup like HARD Summer’s would be difficult to say the least, yet somehow Richards pulled this one out, and it is absolutely glorious, my friends. The headlining acts over the two day spook-show include: Skrillex, Boys Noize, Zeds Dead, Nero, Pretty Lights, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, and Eric Prydz, with a slew of supporting acts that are sure to make heads roll. Talent includes some of the biggest names in the game, but also some huge surprises, and as usual delivers a wide array of sounds from across multiple genres. Trap heads can be ready to shit their shorts as Baauer and RL Grime are set to take the stage together in a back-to-back set, Green Lantern is sure to crush the Halloween hoard as I watched him do this past week at HARD Summer, and if Paper Diamond‘s set is at all similar to the one he dropped this past weekend, that northern Cali thizz and dirty trap will be more than abundant.
As an avid HARD attendee over the last few years and having attended multiple HARD events, I can say I am never disappointed by the festival, but never have I been so impressed with back to back lineups of this caliber. HARD’s Halloween history has evolved as Haunted Mansion 2011 was a two day festival, then it became Day of the Dead last year as a one night event, yet its clear with a lineup full of star studded names such as these, the expansion back to two days is more than necessary and really exciting. Dubstep Pioneer Skream shares a lineup with electronic disco sovereign Giorgio Moroder, along with names like GTA, Salva, and Gary Richards himself will don his funky techno alter-ego and play a set as Destructo; all this packed onto one mind-boggling lineup.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the November 2nd & 3rd festival, and you can snag yours from HERE. Be sure to jump on these folks, because with a lineup like this tickets certainly won’t last. The festival will be held on the LA State Historic Park grounds, the same place its summer counterpart festival is held. The Day of the Dead approaches ever closer, my friends, and I can’t think of a better way to commemorate the lost souls and spirits around us than to party as hard as we know how, in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, with some of the best names in dance music.