Gary Richards' Hard Events has unveiled the 2016 lineup for its major summer festival Hard Summer. The predominantly EDM lineup, with a twist of hip-hop will be headlined by Ice Cube, Major Lazer, DJ Khaled, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, Travi$ Scott and others.
Hard Summer has already split up the lineup into the two days the various will perform. Saturday, July 30 will have acts like Ice Cube, DJ Khaled, Porter Robinson, Claude VonStroke, Flosstradamus, Destructo, Dizzee Rascal, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Baauer and Tchami all performing.
The following day, Sunday, July 31 will have others like Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, Kill The Noise, Madeon, Jai Wolf, AlunaGeorge, DJ Mustard, Boys Noize, Zeds Dead and Brodisnki perform.
Hard Summer likes to have a nice mix of live performers with the various DJs who dominate the lineup. Many of these acts are rappers like Desiigner, who just topped the charts with "Panda," Ty Dolla $ign, Ice Cube, Fat Joe, Lil Uzi Vert and Belly.
As always, Hard releases their lineup with am absurd trailer. It has cameos from Diplo, Justin Martin, Mija, Wax Motif, Felix da Housecat and others. The trailer dives into a terrifying world where there is no Internet and DJs are struggling to cope with life without followers, likes and comments online. So the new currency becomes ass kissing in a mental health asylum where everyone thinks they are Diplo.
There has been a lot of uncertainty swirling around Hard Summer since last year when two individuals died from drug related causes at the festival. It was thought that the festival might become a 21+ event or even canceled during deliberations by Los Angeles County officials, but none of those came to pass.
Hard Summer changed locations for this year, moving to the Auto Club Speedway. There will be camping options as a result. The two-day festival will take place July 30-31. More acts will be named on the Hard Summer lineup. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 29 at 9 a.m. PST.