HARD Summer 2017: The Best and Worst – California News

HARD Summer 2017: The Best and Worst – California News


HARD Summer 2017

Miles Najera

Will this be the last HARD Summer? With the festival’s founder, Gary Richards, announcing his imminent departure, that was the question buzzing among attendees all weekend as the popular EDM/hip-hop event celebrated its 10th anniversary at its fifth different location in as many years, the Glen Helen Amphitheater and Regional Park in San Bernardino.

If this is to be last HARD Summer, it certainly went out with a bang, with memorable sets galore on six stages from a stellar lineup that included Snoop Dogg, Justice, Dog Blood, Anna Lunoe, Bassnectar and many more. Here are some of the many highlights (and a few lowlights) from what was probably our favorite HARD Summer since the festival moved from L.A. State Historic Park four years ago.

Best: The “ShipFam” love fest during Destructo’s set
Just before HARD Summer, news broke that the event’s founder and figurehead, Gary Richards aka DJ Destructo, will be leaving HARD’s parent company Live Nation, making this HARD Summer his last. The news spread like wildfire through the festival’s devoted fan base, who came out in force to show their support for Richards during his Sunday afternoon main stage set. Richards’ core crowd call themselves the “ShipFam,” after Holy Ship!, HARD’s annual party cruise, and there appeared to be thousands of them, all wearing HARD or Holy Ship! hats and T-shirts, waving ShipFam banners and homemade signs, or decked out in pineapple-covered Hawaiian shirts and other regalia (the pineapple having become a ShipFam symbol). Richards, wearing all white, threw down a killer, G-house-heavy set and brought out rapper Yo Gotti, as well as his…

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