Ever since HARD Summer 2009 got shut down early, I’ve been unnecessarily hesitant to check out another HARD festival. That, and the lineups don’t usually appeal to me. However, when I saw this year’s Day 2 lineup included Rudimental, Disclosure, and Tiesto I had to be there!
Getting ready for the festival, I knew I needed a cute up-do because it was going to be hot, but I’m pretty challenged when it comes to hair styling. Cue the hair bow! This style was extremely easy to do – I used this YouTube tutorial to figure it out. Since the rules said no kandi (of course they ended up allowing it in…), I rocked some Flash Tattoos as jewelry. I rounded out the look with a fun crop top I found at a random boutique a few years ago, and I ended up getting a ton of compliments on it.
My friends Chris and Rose picked me up, and we got to the festival pretty quickly. I liked the location being fairly close to Los Angeles, versus having the schlep myself all the way to San Bernardino or Vegas. Entry was also super easy. Unfortunately, we arrived too late to see Rudimental. We had several hours to kill before my next must see, Disclosure, so we explored the grounds. I liked the park venue with all the trees, but it was super dusty and hot at times. Once the sun set, the temperature was perfect.
All the stages were very simple and production was minimal, which is what I expected from HARD since they try to emphasize a concert vibe over a rave vibe. We really enjoyed the Pink Stage, which was focused around straight house music. Gorgon City was my new discovery for the weekend thanks to the Pink Stage. Disclosure was awesome too! Once Tiesto came on, I actually ended up going back to the Pink Stage. I think my music taste is evolving to focus more on chill music and less on mainstream EDM.
What was the best part about the evening? I was home and in bed by midnight! I really don’t like staying out late anymore as I find it hard to rally my energy, so the daytime nature of this event was perfect. Overall it was a good time, and I’d definitely consider going again next year.