Insomniac's HARD Day Of The Dead Awakens Los Angeles

07 November 2019 - - The DJ List


Alie Krohn for The DJ List

As the sun rose in Los Angeles last weekend, anticipation for 2019’s HARD Day of the Dead was high. With the weather boasting a high of 82 and a low in the 60’s, attendees still dreaming of getting their costume-clad raving in post-Halloween got their wish. For fans that may have forgotten their sugar skull makeup, HARD offered a face painting station in the middle of the festival grounds.

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When gates opened at 2, JOSH PAN b2b X&G pumped out tunes to entice the crowd to party as early as possible at the HARD Stage, while John Bryars commanded the Duro Stage. Between the stages, there were Day of the Dead decorations, including a giant sugar skull, giant skeletons, and of course, there was no lack of light up decor which sprung to life as the evening went on. Ample bars and friendly service staff poured mixed drinks, wine, beer, and Mike’s Hard Lemonade all day long. Among the food vendors was a notably delicious booth touting Yerba Mate hot chocolate, which was wildly popular amongst thirsty fans.

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HARD Day of the Dead was set in Los Angeles State Historic Park, which meant views, grass, and hills with a gorgeous city view. This meant plenty of dancing room for 1788-L’s powerful DnB and dubstep infused set, but also a great space to hang back and take in a dark, moody BLACKLIZT performance from ZHU atop a hill adorned with lighted trees.

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Dog Blood, of course, was one of the highest energy sets of the day, dropping a mix of everything from their most recent EP to older favorites like “Next Order”. Fans went wild when they played “Jungle” by Noizu, an on-the-rise house artist. “Flip The Switch” by Valentino Khan & Chris Lorenzo was met with cheers throughout the crowd. Throughout the set, elements from DOG BLOOD’s “Turn Off The Lights” were interwoven during transitions. They closed out with “Midnight Hour”, an upbeat dancey collab from SKRILLEX, BOYS NOIZE, and rapper Ty Dolla $ign. All in all, it’s clear that Skrillex and Boys Noize create magic onstage together and are the perfect cap to a spectacular day.

Rukes for HARD Events

With HARD Day of the Dead in the books, we’ve got high expectations for the upcoming Dreamstate SoCal and Countdown festivals from Insomniac in the coming months. Both festivals are sure to put the cherry on top of your year.

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Alexandra Krohn
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