As the sunny season nears its end, HARD Summer cranks up the heat with the buzziest names in EDM and hip-hop. From August 5 – 6, the festival returns to Los Angeles for its 15th run with a new multi-venue setup, taking over Exposition Park, BMO Stadium and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Technicolor rave-wear swirls in summery SoCal as sweaty bodies throng neon stages and a carnivalesque ferris wheel. Revel in the close-packed crowd, or enjoy the VIP experience with air conditioned bathrooms, complimentary wifi and an exclusive splash pool. Plenty of festival goers live by the PLUR (Peace, Love, Unity, Respect) mantra, but HARD is also known to attract a frattier, rowdier crowd. Be sure to keep your friends and belongings close.
On Sunday, Skrillex and Four Tet will perform “b2b” (back to back) sets following their sold-out show at Madison Square Garden and last-minute closing party at Coachella with Fred Again. Promoter Insomniac is known for its large-scale electronic music events, such as Electric Daisy Carnival and Beyond Wonderland, but HARD makes a mark in the hip-hop world as well. Last year, hot girl Meghan Thee Stallion headlined alongside Lil Uzi Vert and Porter Robinson for the first ever three-day version of the festival. While 2023 sees HARD returning to a two-day format, there’s still plenty of excitement to be had with rap royalty 21 Savage and Kid Cudi.
- About 80,000 people attend HARD Summer each day. The largest total turnout was 170,000 in 2019.
- 2 day GA tickets are available for $269 and 1 day GA for $129. VIP tickets are also available for an increased price of $449 for 2 days and $239 for 1 day.
- You must be 18+ to purchase a GA ticket and 21+ to purchase a VIP ticket.
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Do festival vendors accept cash?
No, HARD Summer is completely cashless. If you plan on purchasing food or other items at the event, be sure to bring a credit card or virtual payment method.
What are the totem guidelines for HARD Summer?
If you want to bring a totem to the festival, it must be 5 feet or shorter, made from a lightweight material and not promote any illegal activity or hate speech. Any inflatable items attached to a totem must be deflated when entering the festival.
Is the festival ADA accessible?
HARD Summer has accessible routes and entrances. However, the festival does not have parking available.