B2B sets highlight HARD Summer’s 2018 lineup

HARD Summer - 2018 lineup

HARD Summer Music Festival //
Auto Club Speedway – Fontana, CA
August 4th-5th, 2018 //

After two years at Auto Club Speedway, HARD Summer is finally settling into its Fontana digs.

The two-day, electronic-focused music festival struggled for several years to find a permanent home in Southern California, leaving Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte for the Fairplex in Pomona at one point not that long ago (three years to be exact), though HARD founder and CEO Gary Richards appears to have found that the one NASCAR race track in the greater Los Angeles area works pretty well for his annual affair, which last August celebrated its 10th anniversary.

But after booking mostly EDM artists in its early years, HARD Summer has made a conscious effort since 2015 to feature some of hip-hop’s biggest names, and that same formula seems to have once again been used in assembling its 2018 roster. Leading the way will be Marshmello, Travis Scott, Yellow Mustard (Yellow Claw + DJ Mustard), Virtual Self (Porter Robinson’s new moniker), Louis the Child, MØ, Flosstradamus and Virgil Abloh, but it’s particularly the back-to-back sets — Zeds Dead B2B JAUZ, Diplo B2B Dillon Francis, Borgore B2B Getter and A-Trak B2B Baauer — that stand out from the fest’s past editions.

Meanwhile, others who will be performing at HARD Summer this year include TroyBoi, San Holo, Rick Ross, Trippie Redd, blackbear, Snakehips, Slushii, Kill the Snails (Kill the Noise + SNAILS), $UICIDEBOY$, Ekali, Petit Biscuit, Lil Skies, Hippie Sabotage, Valentino Khan, Big Wild, wifisfuneral and many more. Check out the poster above for the rest of the lineup.

Unlike the past two years, camping will not be offered in 2018, but HARD Summer organizers are promising a brand-new layout that will see all of the stages now positioned on the infield grass and expanded entry lanes for easier access into the grounds. Tickets to the 18-and-over event can be purchased here starting at $129 this Friday, April 29th at 9 a.m. PT.

If you’re looking to go HARD this summer, this is a party you won’t want to miss.

SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Andrew W.K. at The Independent 9/28 (THUR)

Andrew WKWritten by Chandler Kirkman //

Andrew W.K. with SHAME WAVES //
The Independent – San Francisco
September 28th, 2017 //

Creating feelings of pure joy, total love, endless freedom and infinite possibility are just brief glimpses into the musical stylings of multi-faceted singer-songwriter and performer Andrew W.K. (born Andrew Fetterly Wilkes-Krier). After starting his musical career when he was four years old, it didn’t take long for the Michigan native to explore some experimental interests that ultimately led to creating his own high-energy brand of rock music.

Skipping out on college at the age of 18 and moving to New York City to pursue music on his own, W.K. developed his sound through various solo projects and eventually moved to Florida to start a band with drummer Donald “D.T.” Tardy, leading to the release his first EP Girls Own Juice (abbreviated as AWKGOJ) on Bulb Records. Fast forward to 2017, and the self-proclaimed party animal has been rockin’ hard for over a decade with nine studio albums, including his infamous debut I Get Wet that features smash hit “Party Hard”.

Over the past few years, Andrew W.K. has been steadily expanding his creative endeavors to the worlds of motivational speaking, production, TV and broadcast media, and music venue ownership. Starting in 2008 with the opening of his co-owned music venue and nightclub in New York City called Santos Party House, Andrew W.K.’s hunger for more has earned him a number of appearances on MTV and VH1 along with a Grammy nomination while working as a record producer. He’s also releasing a new album next year on Sony Music Worldwide, but until then, fans will just have to keep partying because well, the party never dies.

This Thursday, Andrew W.K. will be back in SF by popular demand to play a second night at The Independent with Oakland quartet SHAME WAVES opening. Tickets are available for $25, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Thursday at 3 p.m.


Follow Showbams on Twitter for more contest giveaways throughout the week. Be the first to respond to our contest tweets to GO4FREE to these shows:

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HARD Summer reveals new location, lineup for 2016

HARD Summer 2016 lineup

HARD Summer Music Festival //
Auto Club Speedway – Fontana, CA
July 30th-31st, 2016 //

After moving out of Los Angeles and changing locations the past two years, HARD Summer Music Festival has found a new home for 2016.

The two-day, electronic-focused music festival, which occupied LA State Historic Park for four years starting in 2010, spent 2014 at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte and 2015 at the Fairplex in Pomona. Now, HARD founder and CEO Gary Richards’ annual event is headed farther east this year with NASCAR race track Auto Club Speedway playing host a la Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Much like last year’s lineup, which saw the fest move away from strictly EDM acts with The Weeknd serving as a headliner, this year’s bill welcomes several major hip-hop acts like Ice Cube, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign and Desiigner amid electronic heavyweights like Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead, Porter Robinson, Claude VonStroke, Madeon, Baauer and Boys Noize. Other noteworthy acts set to perform include Vancouver live electronica duo Bob Moses and British synthpop/R&B outfit AlunaGeorge, both of whom we caught at Coachella less than two weeks ago. We also can’t help but laugh at seeing Fat Joe sandwiched in between Green Velvet and Brodinski on the festival’s hot pink poster.

UPDATE: Colorado electronic producer Pretty Lights has been added to Saturday’s lineup, marking just the second HARD appearance for Derek Vincent Smith. Earlier this month, the Fort Collins native released new music for the first time in nearly three years, sharing “Only Yesterday” in conjunction with a new music video that features footage from last summer’s two-night run in Telluride, Colo., where Smith will return this August for two more shows. HARD organizers announced the news on Thursday night, just two days after releasing its initial artist lineup.

For the first time in HARD Summer’s history, camping will be permitted to allow for easy ins and outs of the festival grounds, which span more than 500 acres this year. Two-day passes to the 18-and-over event can be purchased here for $129 starting this Friday, April 29th at 9 a.m. PT, and additionally, single-day tickets will be available for $79.

Anybody looking to go HARD this summer?