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Hard Summer 2015: The Weeknd, Chemical Brothers deliver big first night

Hard Summer 2015: The Weeknd, Chemical Brothers deliver big first night

Is it time to call Hard Summer the dominant music festival in Los Angeles? It’s got the numbers: With all 65,000 tickets sold for each of its two days, the festival is right about where Coachella was just before it became an international symbol for SoCal desert decadence. Hard Summer also has the top-tier headliners: the newly populist R&B hero the Weeknd and the British techno duo Chemical Brothers, along with a slate of hip-hop acts such as L.A.'s Schoolboy Q (the ephemeral Atlantan Young Thug canceled his set at the last minute) and EDM producers Porter Robinson and Big Gigantic. So yes, it might be time to regard Hard Summer as the pacesetter in the second...

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