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 Hard Summer 2023 returns 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.
Where will Hard Summer 2023 take place?
The fest will take place in downtown Los Angeles at the LA Memorial Coliseum. The address is 3911 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90037.
Who is on the Hard Summer 2023 lineup?
This year’s music festival lineup features Kaskade, John Summit, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Skrillex, Martinez Brothers, Black Coffee,Four Tet, 21 Savage, Kid Cudi, Ludacris, Fat Joe, Gorgon City, Kayzo, Sullivan King, Blond:ish, Giolì & Assia, Netsky, Bicep, Clara La San, Peekaboo, Disco Lines, Sonny Fodera, Yung Bae, Pawsa, Rochelle Jordan, NØLL, Club Tularosa and fun2bjane and many more.
Who is playing the Hard Summer pre-parties and after-parties?
- Boys Noize and Nikki Nair will play the pre-party on Friday, August 4, at 930 Mateo St. Warehouse. The doors open 10 PM.
- Kayzo will play the pre-party on Friday, August 4, at Academy LA. The doors open 10 PM.
- Sullivan King will perform at the Exchange LA pre-party, which i also on Friday.
After-party lineup (all doors open at 10 PM:
- John Summit, Saturday, August 5, Academy LA
- The Martinez Brothers, August 5, Exchange LA
- Loco Dice, August 5, 930 Mateo St. Warehouse
- Wilkinson, Luude, Alix Perez, August 5, The Belasco
- Nitti & Friends, August 5, 1720 Warehouse
- Black Coffee, Sunday, August 6, Exchange LA
- Yung Bae, Devault and Young Franco, August 6, 1720 Warehouse
Where is the festival’s lost & found?
The interior lost & found is near the main entrance and the hours are 2:00PM – 10:00PM on August 5 and August 6.
The exterior lost & found is adjacent to the box office and the hours are below:
August 5 – 9:00PM – 12:00AM
August 6 – 2:00PM – 12:00AM
August 7 – 12:00PM – 2:00PM
What are the set times?
At the time of this writing the set times were not announced yet. Check back soon.
Are purses allowed at Hardfest?
Yes. Small bags, single-compartment backpacks, plush backpacks, purses (maximum 12” x 12”) are all allowed.
Where are the stages located?
According to the official site, all stages are within walking distance of one another. The Pink, Purple and Hard stages are clustered. The Harder stage is a five to ten minute walk away. The Green stage is equidistant to them all.