HARD Summer Music Festival returns in 2021 with Future, DJ Snake B2B Malaa enlisted as headliners

HARD Summer Music Festival - 2021 lineup

HARD Summer Music Festival //
NOS Events Center – San Bernardino, CA
July 31st-August 1st, 2021 //

Four months.

With so many of us forced to spend the past year at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it might be hard to believe that live music is slowly returning in the U.S. Yet, that’s exactly how much longer it will be before California hosts its first large-scale music festival again when HARD Summer returns this July and August.

The annual two-day event, which has long leaned in the electronic direction but has incorporated more and more hip-hop acts since 2015, has moved around the greater Los Angeles area over the last several years, occupying Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte and the Fairplex in Pomona before eventually migrating to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for the last four editions, but HARD founder and CEO Gary Richards has found a new home less than 20 miles away.

Employing the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino for its 13th installment, HARD Summer 2021 will not only see Atlanta rapper Future headline for the first time but also a rare B2B set by DJ Snake and Malaa. Plus, the fest’s undercard offers enough of its own star power with Rezz, Dillon Francis, Kaytranada, RL Grime B2B Baauer, 2 Chainz, Don Toliver, Skream, Jauz, Kayzo, Ekali, Iann Dior, Lil Durk, Hulk Gang (Valentino Khan + 4B), Maya Jane Coles, Slushii, G Jones B2B Eprom, JOYRYDE, A-Trak, SAYMYNAME, Wax Motif, Solardo and more all scheduled to perform. Check out the poster above for the rest of the lineup.

GA and VIP passes are on sale here this Friday, April 2nd at 10 a.m. PT for fans ages 18 and over, with payment plans also available for one-day or two-day tickets after a $9.95 or $19.99 deposit.

So, who’s ready to go HARD this summer?

UPDATE (May 5th): Well, it sure sounds like plenty of people are ready to get down this summer as two-day and Saturday single-day passes are now sold out! Tickets to Sunday’s festivities are still available here so make sure to grab them before it’s too late.

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.

For its 10th edition, HARD Summer continues to mix EDM with hip-hop on its 2017 lineup

HARD Summer Music Festival - 2017 lineup

HARD Summer Music Festival //
Auto Club Speedway – Fontana, CA
August 5th-6th, 2017 //

Last July, HARD Summer settled into its new home of Auto Club Speedway with Ice Cube and Major Lazer bringing the heat while serving as headliners.

The two-day, electronic-focused music festival had occupied LA State Historic Park for a few years before moving to Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte and the Fairplex in Pomona, but HARD founder and CEO Gary Richards’ annual event has seemingly found a more permanent location in Fontana and at a NASCAR race track no less, much like Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) has done in partnering with Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

As we started to see in 2015, HARD has once again moved away from booking strictly EDM artists and is now regularly incorporating more mainstream hip-hop acts into its roster. The 2017 lineup follows down that path, with Snoop Dogg, Rae Sremmurd and Migos sitting atop the bill next to electronic heavyweights like DJ Snake, Justice (DJ set), Dog Blood, Zeds Dead and Bassnectar. But the big selling point for most music fans should be the fact that Snoop will perform his 1993 landmark debut album Doggystyle in full on the festival’s second day.

Meanwhile, other notables names lined up for HARD include Tchami, Jai Wolf, Cashmere Cat, Snakehips, Skepta, Claude VonStroke, Ty Dolla $ign, What So Not, Malaa, Baauer, A-Trak, Kill the Noise, Mobb Deep, JME, YehMe2, Mike Will Made It, Doctor P, Destructo, Anna Lunoe, 12th Planet, Kayzo, Tinashe, E-40, MadeinTYO, Brodinski, Brillz, Charli XCX, Party Favor and many more. Check out the poster above for the rest of the lineup.

Back for its second year at HARD, camping will be permitted and allow festivalgoers to easily go in and out of the festival grounds, which span more than 500 acres. Two-day passes to the 18-and-over event can be purchased here for $129 starting this Friday, April 28th at 9 a.m. PT and single-day tickets will be available for $89.

Who wants to go HARD this summer?

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?

8 California music festivals you won’t want to miss before the end of 2015

California music festivalsWritten by Josh Herwitt, Molly Kish & Nik Crossman //

Believe it or not, we’re already halfway through 2015. If you live in California and haven’t been to a music festival yet this year, don’t worry — you’re still in luck. Yes, Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle have come and gone, but summer is here and there are a number of music festivals in The Golden State that are quickly approaching. Here are eight that each offer their own unique experience and are sure to deliver before the calendar turns to 2016.


2015 Northern Nights lineup

Northern Nights Music Festival
Location: Piercy, CA
Dates: July 17-19
Tickets: Buy them here!

Donning “A Greener Festival Award” for their 2014 presence, the three-day Northern Nights continues to prove itself to be one of the most sustainable, community-driven festivals in its third year. The electric lineup promises to set trends, debuting a wide variety of talent sure to appeal to many tastes. Beyond the music, NNMF sets itself apart with unique “floating stages” and engaging activities, including art installations, yoga, DIY and dream-decoding workshops, comedy and more, encouraging all festivalgoers to apply and contribute to the events. Festivals must deliver an experience beyond the music to stay relevant, and NNMF’s dedication to sustainability and community involvement demonstrates an understanding of this paradigm shift. -NC


2015 HARD Summer lineup

HARD Summer
Location: Pomona, CA
Dates: August 1-2
Tickets: Buy them here!

HARD founder and CEO Gary Richards has toed the line between the EDM and mainstream music worlds over the past few years, starting in 2012 when bands like Bloc Party and Miike Snow were featured on the lineup. This year’s bill continues along that trend with alt-R&B artist The Weeknd serving as one of the festival’s two headliners alongside several other non-traditional EDM acts, including Schoolboy Q, Ratatat, Chromeo, Die Antwoord and Caribou. Yes, there will actually be plenty of instruments being played on stage this year. Who knew an electronic-focused festival could offer the best of both worlds? -JH


2015 Outside Lands lineup

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
Location: San Francisco
Dates: August 7-9
Tickets: Sold out!

Outside Lands has quickly risen from a SF summer highlight to one of the country’s top large-scale music festivals and a crown jewel of Bay Area production company Another Planet. Claiming the title as the “world’s only gourmet rock festival,” OSL has paved the way with its fairground food/music movement since 2008, setting the bar high with artisan experiences at its many “Lands” (wine, cheese, beer and choco) as well as its “Taste of the Bay Area” and “GastroMagic” programs. Although recognized as one of the premiere West Coast festivals, OSL still remains deeply ingrained in the rich culture of the Bay Area and continues to showcase some of the top talent in music, food, wine, beer, comedy, theater, art and culture on both a national and local scale. -MK


2015 FYF Fest lineup

FYF Fest
Location: Los Angeles
Dates: August 22-23
Tickets: Buy them here!

With its eclectic lineup of indie rock, hip-hop and electronic-leaning acts, FYF Fest has become, in many ways, a Coachella offshoot over the years. That shouldn’t be all that surprising considering both are Goldenvoice-sponsored events at this point, but this year’s lineup feels underwhelming and repetitive in comparison to previous editions. If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that the Morrissey fans can finally rejoice. Other highlights include Bloc Party, D’Angelo & the Vanguard, FKA twigs, Run the Jewels, Mac DeMarco and Jon Hopkins, although it wasn’t that long ago that Chet Faker, Flume, Purity Ring, Dinosaur Jr., Toro y Moi, Simian Mobile Disco and Nicolas Jaar all played the fest, which will return to the LA Memorial Sports Arena and Exposition Park for its second time. And let’s also hope the FYF organizers have things figured out after last year’s epic line fiasco. -JH


2015 Symbiosis Gathering lineup

Symbiosis Gathering
Location: Oakdale, CA
Dates: September 17-20
Tickets: Buy them here!

With 2015 marking Symbiosis’ 10-year “Re:Union”, the Northern California festival is set to impress. Born through a common vision of togetherness, Symbiosis encourages physical, emotional and social well-being through a vibrant community of artists, performers and creators. The lineup rivals other festivals in its class and compliments the unique multi-day “Immersion Workshops,” including Permaculture, Visionary Art and Yoga. In addition to complimentary camping, festivalgoers can upgrade to Reserved Car, RV or five-day “Ready, Set, Camp” glamping, aligned with the trend that festivals must deliver on the experience just as much as the lineup. As one of the older festivals around and their beautiful riverside venue, Symbiosis upholds its reputation as an experience you don’t want to pass up. -NC


2015 KAABOO Del Mar lineup

KAABOO Del Mar
Location: Del Mar, CA
Dates: September 18-20
Tickets: Buy them here!

2015 has already marked a banner year for the greater San Diego area’s music scene. First, it was CRSSD Festival making a big splash in its inaugural year this past March, and now it’s KAABOO Del Mar making its debut on the final weekend of summer. With over 100 musical acts scheduled, including two VIP performances from Sheryl Crow and Ed Kowalczyk, as well as a comedy lineup that boasts Joel McHale and Lewis Black, KAABOO is primed to compete with the other large-scale, three-day California music festivals in Coachella and Outside Lands. But KAABOO is not simply a “music festival.” According to its organizers, KAABOO is a “new kind of arts and entertainment ‘mix-perience’ designed around comfort, quality and good times.” Well then, let the good times roll by the beach this September. -JH


2015 TBD Fest lineup

TBD Fest
Location: Sacramento, CA
Dates: September 18-20
Tickets: Buy them here!

Beginning as a one-day festival in 2007, TBD Fest has grown into one of the major-market festivals in the country. With top-notch acts like Pretty Lights, Cut Copy, RATATAT, Chance the Rapper, Chromeo and Tycho, the now-three-day affair presents an all-star lineup along the Sacramento River. Although there’s no camping, TBD Fest touts a commitment to “all things creative” with artists, boutiques, chefs, craft beer, cocktails, wine and more. -NC


2015 Treasure Island lineup

Treasure Island Music Festival
Location: San Francisco
Dates: October 17-18
Tickets: Buy them here!

Treasure Island, a joint effort from Another Planet Entertainment and Noise Pop, hails as one of the West Coast’s premiere boutique music festivals. Year after year, TIMF has become known for its diverse lineup by booking some of the biggest talent worldwide. With one of the most seamlessly designed layouts, TIMF takes place against the gorgeous panoramic views of the SF Bay on the historical landmark site of Treasure Island. The grounds allow for an easy commute between its two stages and facilitates the festival’s strict policy of no overlapping sets, while free shuttle transportation to and from SF as well as a host of after parties sets TIMF apart from the competition. -MK


Which of these music festivals are you going to? Which are you looking forward to the most?

Outside Lands