This past weekend gave way to another successful Hard Day of the Dead. Taking place November 2nd and November 3rd at LA State Historic Park in Los Angeles, Day of the Dead was the only place to be. The topnotch lineup and the beautiful weather made for a glorious event. The Day of the Dead costumes worn by event goers and decorated stages set the mood for the festival filled weekend. Saturday’s lineup alone was enough to please any electronic dance music lover.
Oliver was a great way to kick off our first day. The funky duo took over the Hard Stage for the afternoon as they gave the crowd a taste of Mechanical, their debut EP released earlier this year, along with some other fresh tunes. Never failing to disappoint, Oligee and U-Tern remained true to their sound resulting in a pumped up crowd who couldn’t help but dance their way into the next performance.
Zeds Dead performed after Oliver, and lead the transition into the night as the sun set on the Hard Stage and crowd. The rowdiness brought on by that bass made for one wild show. Every single person in the crowd was dancing their heart out. Between all of Zeds Dead’s originals and the duo throwing in Doctor P’s The Champagne Böp, there was no turning back as the energy just kept building and building.
As the night got a little colder and darker, we made our way over the Harder Stage to see the English duo Jack Beats lay it down for one of our favorite performances. Having seen Jack Beats many times before, they never fail to impress or surprise us. The crowd went insane as they dropped Knock You Down, War, Just a Beat, and Epidemic. Heads were flying and bodies were moving, making this one of the best crowds we were a part of all weekend.
After tearing it up with Jack Beats, we headed on over to the Hard Stage for one of the most anticipated performances of the weekend, Nero. There are few words that can give this live performance justice. The majestic vocals of Alana Watson pierced the skin as jaws just dropped throughout the crowd. The beauty of the entire performance was a once in a lifetime experience that Hard did such an amazing job putting together.
We had a chance to make it over to the live Bloody Beetroots performance over at the Harder Stage just in time to witness Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo and his crew giving a rocking performance that just blew the minds of the audience. The drop of Warp 1.9 was absolutely massive. The production, the performance, and the crowd were all on par for this one.
Cirez D helped us wrap up our first day after we decided that we wanted to give ourselves a chance to witness Eric Prydz’ dark alter ego first hand. Prydz quickly took over the Harder Stage as pure techno flowed through the air. The crowd was made up of the most devoted of Prydz fans making for a wonderful experience. We couldn’t imagine spending the last part of our night with anyone other than Cirez D.
The first day alone was extremely impressive, which led us into high expectations for day two of the festival. Hard impressed festival goers once again by bringing another action packed lineup and a production worthy of praise. The weekend overall was an amazing experience, one that we would recommend to those for next year.
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