Is it right to call Hard Summer a dance music festival anymore?
This year's installment of the fest -- rooted in EDM and dubstep but never totally beholden to it -- further underlines the genre-mixing habits of today's electronic music scenes.
This year's bill features the moody R&B ne'er-do-well the Weeknd and Skrillex and
It's Hard Summer's best lineup to date and a relevant refresh for a festival that had relied on heavy dubstep and big-room EDM for a bit too long in recent years. Hard -- now nestled beneath
The festival will once again stray from its longtime Chinatown home (the L.A. State Historic Park is still undergoing renovations) to the Fairplex in Pomona, the site of the most recent Hard Day of the Dead festival. Last year's summer edition drew 40,000 fans for each of its two nights.
The fest takes place Aug. 1-2, with tickets on-sale now. As American dance music fests move forward to find new sounds, Hard has suddenly sprinted to the front of the pack.