The tricks and treats at this year’s HARD Day of the Dead
The tricks and treats at this year's HARD Day of the Dead
HARD Day of the Dead returns this year with more than just a handful of tricks up its sleeve. The sister event to HARD Summer, DOTD may very well be Gary Richards’ flagship festival. Set to take place this weekend at LA’s Fairplex, Day of the Dead is the Halloween haunt that dance music fans have been waiting for. From Knife Party, to RL Grime, to a back-to-back set from Prydz and Deadmau5, HARD’s Hallow’s Eve celebration is the perfect way to close out October and prepare for the long winter ahead.
Zip Line to the Main Stage
For the truly adventurous types, HARD has created an insane zip line that will allow fans to buzz over top of the massive crowds. A shortcut to the action at the main stage, the zip line is a truly unique addition to the HARD festival experience.
Pretty Lights is bringing his full band to SoCal for the first time ever
Pretty Lights full band live show wowed fans when he debuted it at Red Rocks in Colorado. For the first time ever at Day of the Dead, SoCal members of the Pretty Lights family will get to experience the groundbreaking live performance in all its glory.
ZHU's debut North American Live Performance
The NightDay Experience is coming to NYC, but ZHU’s true North American debut will happen at HARD Day of the Dead. Having already wowed fans at Australia’s Listen Out festival, ZHU’s North American unveiling will undoubtedly be one of the most buzzed about sets of the entire festival. Don’t miss it.
The festival debut of Deadmau5 vs. Eric Prydz
If there was only one reason to attend Day of the Dead, it would be the mau5ville stage and its penultimate performance. Deadmau5 and Prydz already went B2B in Miami, but this will be the first time the pair unleash the concept to a festival crowd. Expect the unexpected.
RL Grime's personally-curated VOID stage
Day of the Dead handed the keys over to RL Grime for his own curated VOID Stage this year. The roster is impressive, including Cashmere Cat, Rustie, Sophie, Branchez, Ape Drums, Tommy Kruise, Nina Las Vegas, Djemba Djemba, Wedidit, CAM’RON and a special surprise guest that will send shockwaves through the festival. Keep your eyes on the stage and your ears to the ground.
It's all going down at The Fairplex
This year’s festival returns to its home at the Los Angeles Fairplex, one of the city’s most impressive venues. Formally known as the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, the Fairplex is an ideal location for HARD’s Halloween-themed massive — with over 543 acres of sprawling grounds to accommodate the crowds.
The Mayan Pyramid stage that puts Daft Punk's to shame
Day of the Dead’s main focal point is also one of the coolest stage productions we have ever seen. This year’s main stage, designed to look like a Mayan Pyramid, is just as eerie as it is impressive. Throw Knife Party into the mix and you’ve got something truly menacing.
Enjoy some BBQ with the Dirtybird Crew
The San Francisco-based house conglomerate is bringing their BBQ concept to the festival for the first time since Claude VonStroke kicked off his successful party brand. Grab some grub with some of the most forward-thinking and fun acts in dance music today. And then dance off the calories.
Catch tons of up-and-coming talent for the first time
From Snakehips to Stwo, Alesia, Motez, Moody Good, Djemba Djema, Thomas Jack and many more, HARD Day of the Dead’s rookie lineup is reason enough to attend. Be the first of your friends to say you caught these future stars live before anyone else — it’s the easiest way to assert your cool in this increasingly pretentious scene.