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HARD's Gary Richards Refuels Insomniac Feud Rumors With Artist Invitation

There’s no shortage of feuds within the music industry.

Over the past few years, HARD Events founder, Gary Richards (commonly known as Destructo), and Insomniac boss, Pasquale Rotella, have had their fair share of quarrels.

Starting in May of 2015, LA Weekly published a story documenting the booking exclusions between Hard Events and Las Vegas massive, Electric Daisy Carnival. With the exception of a Dillon Francis performance at EDC Las Vegas in 2015, none of the 90 acts booked at HARD in 2015 appeared at EDC, This has brought about many shortcomings for fans because lineups for HARD Summer and EDC have been squeezed so tightly.

Due to the former conflicts between Richards and Rotella, artists have been shorted on performances. All they want is to perform with their friends and for their fans. However, because of legal issues and contracts, certain artists are unable to. Richards alluded to Insomniac being the only company that restricts artists from performing at other festivals.

In a fight to mend the restrictions set by Rotella and Insomniac for artists that aren’t allowed in the lineup, Richards took to Twitter to pass out an invite for artists to join his set at HARD Summer. This workaround technically doesn’t violate the exclusivity agreement.

Mija, who is currently signed to OWSLA, has conversed with Richards on Twitter to express her sincere interest in playing at HARD Summer. However, due to a contract, she is unable to.

The music industry can be a pretty cut throat place. Although it's not uncommon to put an embargo on artists from performing other evens within a certain radius, restricting artists from performing at separate festivals 2 months apart in 2 entirely different states makes it seem as if someone is just throwing their weight around.

Do you think artists should be able to perform at any festival they want or should they be exclusive to certain promoters and festivals?

H/T:EDM Tunes

Cover photo courtesy of Hard Summer