There were dozens of musical choices for fans attending the HARD Summer Music Festival -- including Shaquille O’Neal, the former superstar with the Los Angeles Lakers, who took the stage as his DJ project Diesel.
But it was the rare back-to-back billings that were most anticipated for many fans at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, from trap titans like Flosstradamus b2b 4B, the all-prevailing bass masters Excision b2b NGHTMRE, scratch kings 2¢ (Craze & Four Color Zack), and a special surprise set from Pardon My French frontrunners DJ Snake b2b Malaa.
Fan favorites like Dillon Francis, Alison Wonderland, What So Not, Ghastly, and 12th Planet put on a show on Aug. 3.
House music fanatics were thrilled to find the newly positioned Pink Stage bumping with leading house selectors like Ibiza legend Loco Dice, 4/4 heavy hitter Kyle Watson, and Dirtybird's secret weapons OMNOM and VNSSA bringing the club feel to the festival environment.
Purple Tent kept HARD’s commitment to top-rate urban music programming alive, with some of the industry’s most coveted artists taking to the stage. Hip-hop mainstays MadeinTYO and JPEGMAFIA kept the crowd buzzing, followed by prolific producer Kenny Beats and “Crank That” legend Soulja Boy, who performed live for the first time since receiving an early release from jail last month.
Throughout the weekend, the HARD and HARDER stages were graced with a kaleidoscopic assembly of musical performances. Dirtybird kingpin Claude VonStroke thrilled the crowd with his staple house and techno sounds, “Lucid Dreams” rapper Juice WRLD had the whole audience in the palm of his hand, Zhu and Tchami combined their dark, dance strengths in an impressive b2b, and Doghouse fanatics came out in full force for an epic hardstyle performance from Kayzo.
On Aug. 4, Green Tent got a taste of UK drum and bass veterans Flux Pavillion b2b Netsky, rap frontrunner Gunna closed out Purple Tent, and Chris Lorenzo and Chris Lake teamed up as Anti Up at Pink Tent. RL Grime proved to be a fan favorite once again as he stunned with a bass-heavy production at HARDer Stage, while Major Lazer debuted their newest member, Ape Drums, at HARD Stage.