HARD Summer 2014 Review

RAIN OR SHINE, WE GO HARD

With August half gone another year’s HARD Summer has passed. The sun rose hot over the Whittier Narrows Recreational Area as I packed into the park along with 40,000 other people for two days of HARD.

The crowds!
Rosemead Boulevard and Rush Street: Crossing to the venue

In previous years HARD Summer has been held at the Los Angeles State Historic Park – the same place HARD Day of the Dead has been held.

 

 

 

In previous years HARD Summer has been held at the Los Angeles State Historic Park – the same place HARD Day of the Dead has been held. This year it was at Whittier Narrows Recreational Area. Whittier Narrows is a lot easier to drive to, it’s right by the 60 freeway, and traffic on the way there was no picnic but it certainly could’ve been worse.  There was a slight delay once you got to the Rosemead exit, but after we got past the mass of cars filing through and the eager people running in the streets, getting in and through the parking lot took less than 10 minutes and we were on our way. Surprisingly leaving the venue by car at the end of the night was just as quick, provided you could navigate around dazed fans that keep wandering behind your car in swarms. It took about 10 minutes to get out of the lot and out on our way home.

This year's layout.
This year’s layout.

Whittier Narrows did have a few small problems . The concert area was very dusty, although a simple bandana fixed the problem entirely for me (HARD doesn’t allow masks which is rather unfortunate). The arrangement of the stages gave guests problems too, Whittier Narrows Recreational Area is narrow and long and all of the tents and stages were laid out next to each other one by one in a row. Unlike the layout at Coachella and EDC, usually a circle or “8” shape, which prevents concert goers from ever being too far from any particular stage, HARD’s layout meant it took up to twenty minutes to walk from one stage to the stage on the opposite end. If an artist you like was up next on the stage you just came from, you had to walk all the way back again. It felt like it took forever to drag friends from the HARD stage to the Pink Tent and that was only half way down the venue. Wandering through the crowds and rides and tents was a struggle that significantly cut into set times if we tried to split our time between two acts, and we missed large parts of some shows.

Grey skies didn’t stop these fans.

No amount of layout issues, long walks, dust, or even the sprinkling rain could match up with HARD’s fantastic lineup.

 

 

 

However no amount of layout issues, long walks, dust, or even the sprinkling rain could match up with HARD’s fantastic lineup. The names of amazing headliners jump out everywhere on the concert’s schedule: A-Trak, Sub Focus, Rudimental, Disclosure, Dillon Francis, Axwell… The crowd for Jack U overflowed the HARD Stage but we braved it anyway. The concert lost one top name when Tommy Trash got caught at the airport, cutting his set to only about 15 minutes, but the entertainment factor of HARD Summer was top notch nevertheless. NERO was a party and DJ Snake’s set was unbeatable. No matter what genre of EDM you prefer HARD Summer catered to please.

HARD by night.

So here are four things to remember about HARD Summer 2014 for next year.

1) Whittier Narrows Recreational area is easier to get into than the LA State Historic Park.

2) Whittier Narrows is very dusty. Come prepared.

3) It’s also really long, be prepared to walk. A lot.

4) HARD Summer’s lineup is usually so good that at the end of the day you’re going to have a blast anyway.

Powerhouse teamed up with Exchange LA and Insomniac events to throw the official after party each night after HARD Summer.  Saturday’s after party featured Justin Martin and Dusky. Sunday night featured Gorgon City, and Disclosure made a surprise appearance for a set back to back with Rudimental. If you’re interested in attending events like these in the future, make sure you join the Powerhouse mailing list below.

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