HARD Events has announced the highly-anticipated lineup for the return of HARD Summer Music Festival to the City of Angels for the first time in ten years. Taking place in Downtown Los Angeles from August 5th-6th, the milestone fifteenth edition of HARD Summer will utilize a brand new venue combination with various stages spread out across the campuses of the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Exposition Park, and BMO Stadium.
The 2023 lineup stays true to the multi-genre ethos and dedication to spotlighting emerging scenes that continue to make HARD Summer one of the most exciting festivals in the country. Fans can expect triumphant returns from those whose massive trajectories have defined HARD‘s bleeding-edge curation, coupled with leading hip-hop headliners, beacons of the global underground, and scene risers du jour.
Longtime HARD fans know that the family of artists that developed around the brand in its early days have gone on to dominate the worldwide dance music conversation. To celebrate its fifteen year anniversary, the festival welcomes these titans back to the stage with a curational twist true to its creative essence.
Skrillex returns to the fold with a special b2b set with production genius Four Tet following their Madison Square Garden sell-out. HARD favorite Kaskade has tapped John Summit for a multi-generational tag team of a lifetime. Diplo will continue his exploration of more esoteric strains of house set forth by his Higher Ground imprint alongside the ABRACADABRA icon BLOND:ISH.
The super-reunion of HARD alumni continues with the inimitable Boys Noize, LA’s own outrageous Dillon Francis, and the chart-topping tones of Gorgon City.
Hip-hop and rap past and present will once again take center stage at HARD with Atlanta’s own Ludacris and NYC hero Fat Joe, along with psychedelic rap superstar Kid Cudi and the return of 21 Savage after his triumphant 2022 HARD debut. Additional live highlights include the eccentric pop act Oliver Tree and the melodic sounds of Two Feet.
Los Angeles’ longstanding history as an epicenter for underground house and techno will fly its flag at HARD Summer’s Pink Stage in 2023, joined by some of the scene’s most celebrated acts. Grammy Award-winning South African sensation Black Coffee leads the bill alongside Bronx icons and Cuttin’ Headz bosses The Martinez Brothers, plus a special live performance from Belfast’s live electronic duo Bicep.
Denis Sulta will bring his unpredictable flavor to the fold while Loco Dice brings the Ibiza energy. The stage will also play host to some of the industry’s most exciting rising acts like AMÉMÉ, Ben Sterling, Lauren Lane b2b Ms. Mada, ChaseWest, Azzecca, Noizu, and Nala.
In a testament to its dedication to Los Angeles, HARD has selected the city’s best to contribute to its multi-genre sounds. Emo Nite will continue their reign as revivalists of the post-punk era, while the city’s famed warehouse scene is put on display with sets from Club Tularosa and fun2bjane.
Those seeking out the heavier electronic strains will once again find their place at HARD Summer with performances by Belgian drum and bass icon Netsky, Kayzo b2b Sullivan King, and SAYMYNITTI (Nitti Gritti and SAYMYNAME) plus Kai Wachi, PEEKABOO, Alix Perez, Yellow Claw b2b Flosstradamus, Diesel, 4B b2b JSTJR, and the fast-ascending newcomers ISOxo and Knock2. The more euphoric end of the genre will be represented by Blanke, SIPPY, Luude, and Ninajirachi.
HARD Summer continues to invest in creating a comfortable experience for attendees, with this never-before-used venue complex providing the perfect canvas to expand this mission. Fans can hop on the LA Metro for an easy journey to and from the event, or taste some of the city’s most celebrated food vendors at the foot of the Coliseum Torch.
HARD Summer will also be hosting a series of official afterparties at premiere venues around Los Angeles, offering a true city-side takeover. More afterparty details will be announced closer to the festival.