HARD Summer Artists You Don’t Want To Miss

HARD Summer Artists You Don’t Want To Miss

HARD Summer is set to kick-off their 10-year anniversary this weekend. And with headlining acts such as DJ SnakeJustice and Snoop Dogg, this year’s lineup is proof that Hard Summer founder and CEO Gary Richards, also known as Destructo, knows what he’s doing. This will be my fourth HARD Summer, and as much as I tell myself this is the last one, it has become my favorite summer tradition. Here’s a look at some of my favorite acts of the weekend:


Tchami holding hands up and looking up
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With support from some of the biggest names in the industry, such as DiploSkrillex and Dillon Francis, it’s no surprise that Tchami is making a name for himself with constant festival line up appearances. Want to know what the future of deep house music sounds like? This is it.

Malaa performing at music festival
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Who is Malaa, you ask? You may have caught him when he toured with DJ SnakeTchami and Mercer on their Pardon My French Tour or during his Lunatic Tour with Rezz this past year. But if you haven’t taken a listen, now is your chance. We might not know who the mysterious musical genius is behind the mask, but his bass-heavy house tracks are sure to keep you on your toes.

Drezo performing on stage
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If you’re a fan of NGHTMREJauz or Ghastly, you should check out the dark underground sounds of this Los Angeles native. You may have heard him collab with DJ Hanzel (aka Dillon Francis) on the remix for the track “Need you,” but it’s his hauntingly original tracks that will get you hooked.

Other acts you’ll find me at on Saturday:  Anna Lunoe, AC SlaterDoctor PKill the Noise


Jai Wolf
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The first time I heard “Starlight,” I got the instant feels. Jai Wolf has produced perfectly soothing songs for the soundtrack of your life. Trust me. So if you need to take a breather from all the headbanging you’ll be doing throughout the weekend, Jai Wolf is the act to check out.

Dog Blood
Dog Blood performing on stage
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Making a rare appearance on the line up is the side project of Skrillex and Boys Noize. The first, and last time, I saw Dog Blood was at my first HARD Summer back in 2013 so you can guarantee that I’ll be front and center for this one. Glad to see the duo back in action, and here’s to hoping for more festival appearances. A girl can dream.

Bassnectar with audience in background
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If you need to let your hair down and let loose to some heavy bass, Bassnectar is where it’ll happen. From his genre-bending sounds, visuals and all-around stage presence, you’ll quickly see why he has become one of my all-time festival favorites.

Other acts you’ll find me at on Sunday: What So NotShiba San12th Planet

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