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5 Acts You Can't Miss At HARD Summer

Gary Richards is bringing the HARD Summer music festival back to Los Angeles on August 2nd and 3rd, and it has one of the most talented festival lineups in 2014.

If you’re anything like me, the HARD Summer trailer got you on the Ticketmaster site faster than the time it takes to actually say HARD Summer out loud. Although the video was hilarious, the lineup is seriously filled with talent, leaving one with an infinite amount of choices to be made.

So, which sets should you choose to see with so many incredible options? You really can’t go wrong with this lineup, but here are five acts you absolutely cannot miss:


Branchez is one of the most versatile producers on the rise. The New York native has quickly gained support from Diplo, Zeds Dead, and OWSLA. He released a couple of tracks that put him on the map such as “Shake” and his bootleg of Rihanna’s “Stay.” However, his remix of What So Not’s “High You Are” is what went viral and made him an artist to watch. Branchez has a distinct modern style in which he does an excellent job of blending both electronic music and hip-hop influences. His latest hit, “Truth,” really showcases his ability to bring a sultry sound to the upbeat electronic world.


The Disclosure brothers, Guy and Howard Lawrence, have made a huge mark in the music world with Settle, one of the most influential dance albums to date. Disclosure is going to change up your HARD Summer schedule due to the way in which they perform. Although they also put on DJ sets, they are better known for their live shows. Instead of seeing a producer on the decks, you’ll get a memorable taste of drums, guitars, vocals, and a variety of other instruments.

Shiba San

Although the name Shiba San might seem unfamiliar, his single ‘Okay,’ released on the Dirtybird BBQ Compilation in February, is definitely not. This tune has made countless of dance floors go wild with its infectious beat and has been #1 on the Beatport House Top 100. We even included this track on our 13 Songs You’ll Hear At EDC Las Vegas 2014 list. The reason why I put him on this list is because he’s definitely not just a one-hit wonder from Dirtybird. He’s an up-and-coming producer who will be huge, and he’s even received recognition from Rolling Stone Magazine already. Watch him at HARD, and in the near future, you’ll be telling everyone how you were able to see the G house star before he got big.


For those of you who are unaware, Destructo is Gary Richards. Yes, the founder of HARD. You’d be doing yourself a disservice by not checking him out because he is much more than just a CEO/promoter. Destructo is a fantastic DJ/producer. He has a very unique, eclectic, and dark sound that will just make you want to dance your ass off. He does a great job of incorporating several genres in his sets in the funkiest way and really knows how to get a crowd going. There is no better way to say thank you for HARD Summer than watching him at his own show. He’ll kill it like always.  

Jack U

Just as we stated in the article You Need To See Jack U At E Zoo, you also need to see Jack U at HARD Summer. Skrillex and Diplo join forces to form a dynamic duo that results in pure audial bliss. Both artists have such original and distinguishing styles individually that when they come together as Jack U, you get one of the most rare, creative, and energetic sets you’ll ever hear. You’ll get a dose of moombah, dubstep, trap, hip-hop, and house. Being able to watch Jack U is special and infrequent, so make sure to experience it while you have the chance. We haven’t seen Diplo and Skrillex unify their talents since they dominated Ultra Music Festival back in March, and we cannot wait to hear what they come up with at HARD!

Keep in mind that the HARD Summer lineup is absoutely stacked from top to bottom. You really can't go wrong seeing any of the acts at HARD Summer!

Written by Nicole Suhr

Cover photo credit: Rukes

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