Being primarily a trancehead, I’ve always seen Hard Summer, but never attended due to every raver’s bane: finances. I had to pick and choose my festivals and unfortunately Hard did not make the cut. Luckily, we came across a very generous friend who could not attend and offered us his VIP tickets for free! Every raver’s dream!
Hard Summer was definitely as it is described to be. Hard. And hot. Pumping its drum and bass through the hills of Pomona, the over 100 degree heat definitely did not dissuade any one from the sold out event. With a heavy hitting line up on Saturday to include the drum and bass of Dirtyphonics, hardcore trap with Bro Safari, and the electronic beats of Glitch Mob, it did not take long before HSMF became a massive crowd of sweaty dancing bodies.
The night closed out with the much-anticipated indie R&B voice of The Weekend and the melodic tunes of Porter Robinsons’ Worlds live set. And let’s not forget the face of HSMF 2015, Dillon Francis, with his quirky and progressive tunes. My only qualm with Saturday night was the awkwardness after the sound became barely audible, likely due to sound ordinance, half way into Dillon’s set. Sunday was just as intense with sounds trap, drum and bass being spun by the likes of Chris Lake, DJ Mustard, Chromeo, and RL Grime. You can always count me as a Skrillex and Diplo fan. And of course, the combination of the two as JackU is an invincible duo. However, I’m glad to say, which was evident with the crowd around me, that I’m not the only who’s tired of Justin Bieber invading the EDM sphere. Please, do us a favor and go back to what you normally do. Whatever that may be.
Although the heat was an issue, of all the festivals I’ve attended VIP was definitely worth it. There was a shaded area to the front right of the main stage with private bar and bathrooms. Whereas many other festivals the VIP section, for some reason I cannot understand, is located at the very rear. It was also interesting to see a festival with no candy, totems, or other festival affiliated attire. Obviously, the ban did not eliminate the drug situation. But, I digress, that’s a whole other discussion. HSMF definitely filled my need for drum & bass, trap, and dubstep for the rest of the year and left with my favorite souvenir: weeks of tinnitus.