Ice Cube and Major Lazer will headline Hard Summer 2016, following Fairplex deaths

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival: Week 2

Ice Cube performs during the second weekend of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. He will headline the Hard Summer festival this year, along with Major Lazer.

(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

After one of the most trying years in its history, Hard Summer has set new dates at a new location for 2016’s festival.

The two-day electronic music fest has moved from the Pomona Fairplex to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for this year’s event, on July 30-31. Headliners will include recent Coachellans Ice Cube and Major Lazer, along with EDM-fest staples such as Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis and others. Notable support acts include Coachella standouts Anderson .Paak and Bob Moses, Kanye West collaborators DJDS, rappers Ty Dolla Sign, Travis Scott and hip-hop radio fixture DJ Mustard.

Tickets go on sale Friday for the Live Nation-promoted event. The age 18+ event will also include camping for the first time. 

HARD Summer came under scrutiny last year, after several deaths attributed to drug use prompted a countywide investigation into the appropriateness of using the Fairplex and county land for large electronic music events. 


Representatives for the venue said it would host no rave events in 2016, and the head of the L.A. County Fair Assn. resigned after a separate investigation by the Los Angeles Times into its finances. 

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