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by Andrew Sacher

Duke Dumont

UK house producer Duke Dumont, whose single, "Need U 100%" is one of the better recent tracks of its kind, and who was recently in NYC for a free outdoor show, will be kicking off a short North American tour later this month leading up to his August 3 appearance at HARD Summer in LA. The tour begins in NYC on July 25 at Output's Panther Room (the same day that James Murphy plays the main room). Tickets for that show are on sale now at Resident Advisor and Ticketfly. Show flyer and tour flyer below.

Duke recently released the followup single to "Need U 100%" with a new track called "Hold On" (feat. MNEK), that has a bit more of a James Blake vibe than its club-friendly predecessor. He also recently dropped a new HARD Summer Mixtape, which you can stream, along with "Hold On" and "Need U 100%," below...

Continue reading "Duke Dumont kicking off North American tour in NYC, released a new single and mix (dates & streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Duke Dumont
Duke Dumont

As you probably know by now, Disclosure's excellent debut album, Settle, came out this week (6/4) and it pretty much deservedly put them at the top of this whole house revival. But as with all of these types of trends, there are other great artists taking part in it too, and one of those is UK producer Duke Dumont, whose single, "Need U 100%" (feat A*M*E), is one of the better dance tracks this year. You can watch the song's video below.

The track was just given remix treatment by UK garage veterans Artful Dodger, whose track, "No I Turn You On," was recently remixed by Disclosure, who (to bring things full circle) just covered Duke Dumont's "Need U 100%" with collaborator Sam Smith. Got all that? Good.

You can listen to Disclosure's "Need U 100%" cover and hear them talk about it on Sara Cox's BBC Radio 1 show (it comes on around 2 hours and 11 minutes) or listen to a rip of it below. On that same radio show, they performed "You & Me," which you can watch a video of below. Artful Dodger's remix of the track and Disclosure's remix of Artful Dodger can be streamed below too.

Duke went on a North American tour earlier this month which brought him to NYC for a FIXED show at LPR, but his only upcoming dates at the moment are in Europe except for HARD Summer 2013 in LA (which Disclosure also plays).

Continue reading "Duke Dumont released "Need U 100%" (Artful Dodger remixed it, Disclosure covered it)"

going HARD in NYC (more by Zachary Alex Stern)
HARD

NY Times reports:

Big money is flowing into electronic dance music. In the latest example of corporate interest in this once-ignored market, Live Nation Entertainment on Tuesday acquired Hard Events, a Los Angeles company that has put on popular festivals and concerts across North America.

Yet such investments are fueling fears that a bubble is taking hold in the world of electronic dance music, or E.D.M., jeopardizing the creative and commercial health of the music. The issue has been intensely debated inside the music business, and recently some of the genre's stars have sounded alarms as well.

"E.D.M. has turned into a massively marketed cruise ship, and it's sinking fast," the D.J. and producer Deadmau5 wrote on his Tumblr page on Tuesday. "All I'm trying to do is put on my life jacket and swim as far away from this shipwreck as fast as I can."

Deadmau5 also recently posted a note on his Tumblr saying "we all hit play", and maybe his fear of sinking cruise ships is why he is not on the lineup of this year's Holy Ship, which by the way is a highly successful venture (that sold out before the lineup was even announced) co-promoted by Bowery Presents AND HARD EVENTS (and that's just one of many events Bowery Presents does with Hard who are now owned by Bowery's biggest NYC competitor Live Nation).


Electric Daisy Carnival

The Electric Daisy Carnival, the dance music festival which drew over 250,000 attendees to its three-day Las Vegas event last year, will hit New York on May 19-20, 2012, at a soon-to-be-announced location....

"I'm really excited to be working with Pacha to bring our touring experience of Electric Daisy Carnival to New York," Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac Events, told Billboard exclusively. "The entire Insomniac staff is looking forward to this upcoming EDC weekend on the East Coast." -[Billboard]
Uh oh. Electric Daisy Carnival is coming to NYC. No word on the lineup yet for NYC, or for their flagship event in Las Vegas on June 8th - 10th, or for the third third festival they're doing this year in Puerto Rico. 2011's events featured appearances from The Crystal Method, Skream, Rusko, Diplo, Skrillex, Bloody Beetroots, MSTRKRFT and many, many others (you get the idea).

As you might know, much like the similarly themed HARD, EDC started in California (in 1997), but moved to Vegas last year. This NYC outing is their first venture to the East Coast.

With the announcement of EDC, NYC suddenly has a growing number festivals on our hands, many of which are electro-heavy, such as the similar Electric Zoo which happens on Randall's Island over Labor Day Weekend (pics from 2011), and the slightly more mixed Governors Ball which is now on Radall's Island too, and which is the same weekend as Orion in Atlantic City. Last summer also introduced Escape 2 NY to the Hamptons (which is planning to return). Hopefully these new fests fare better than 2011 Hamptons non-fest Music To Know.

Check out a video trailer from the Las Vegas show below.

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James Murphy at Terminal 5 in March (more by Andrew St. Clair)
James Murphy

HARD Events and Mouth Taped Shut are presenting five free shows in five cities this month (Chicago, NYC, London, San Francisco, LA). NYC gets theirs this Saturday (12/10) with Bloody Beetroots (DJ), James Murphy (DJ), Proxy, and Eye. The show is free but RSVP is required.

James Murphy will DJ again a few days later at Brooklyn Bazaar on December 15 with Poolside, The Crystal Ark Party Machine, Midnight Magic, and DJ Justine D. Tickets are still available for that and for the show happening in the same venue the next night.

All HARD dates and a flier below...

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3 SBTRKT fans on Halloween @ Bowery Ballroom (chelseamae)
SBTRKT

SBTRKT & SBTRKT @ SBTRKT (nicklem)
SBTRKT

Katie Morse & Alex Holz as SBTRKT @ SBTRKT
SBTRKT

Just in case you forgot your costume (which SBTRKT himself never does), SBTRKT brought masks along to Bowery Ballroom last night to make sure every could join in Halloween/SBTRKT fun. Some also brought their own...

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Soulwax

Soulwax brings the dance party back to America this fall. After playing San Francisco and HARD Haunted Manion in LA, the Belgian group will headline a HARD-presented show at Webster Hall on November 2nd. Tickets go on sale today (9/28) at noon. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Soulwax playing CA, NYC & London shows"

Joker
Joker

HARD Haunted Mansion returns to the Shrine Expo Hall in LA October 28-29 with Fatboy Slim, Skream & Benga, SBTRKT, Kingdom and others. Tickets for the LA festival are on sale now. A flier for the fest is below.

If you can't make it out to LA for the festival, HARD Haunted Mansion will be putting on a smaller but similar show on October 22 at Terminal 5 billed as 'HARD Haunted Mansion NYC.' The show will be headlined by Skream & Benga and includes support from Joker, Dillon Francis, Destructo, and more TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/26) at noon.

Joker is set to release his first official full length album, The Vision on November 8 via 4AD. We've already heard his single of the same name with Jessie Ware on lead vocals (who also sang on the SBTRKT album). He's since revealed the single "Here Come the Lights" (ft. SIlas of Turboweekend) which comes out as a 12" on September 27 in the US b/w "Trance Girl." Check out a radio rip of the new track from BBC Radio 1 Zane Lowe's Hottest Record of the World show below.

In related news, HARD Summer Tour is underway with Digitalism (live), Switch, Designer Drugs, and of course HARD founder and DJ Destructo. Caspa, was originally scheduled to be on the tour, but recently cancelled. As mentioned, the tour ends on Saturday (8/20) at Terminal 5. Tickets for the show are still on sale and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to win below.

Song stream, LA flier and contest details below...

Continue reading "HARD bringing Haunted Mansion to NYC (Joker included), HARD Summer Tour even sooner (win tix)"

photos by Brook Bobbins

A-Trak @ Terminal 5 on April 30th
A-Trak

HARD Events, Cloud 9 Adventures, and Bowery Presents have announced the first Holy Ship! cruise (which is the new name for "HARD Cruise"). The cruise leaves Ft. Lauderdale on January 6 aboard the MSC Poesia with stops in Port Lucaya, Bahamas and a private island, returning to Ft. Lauderdale on January 9. The lineup includes Fatboy Slim, Diplo, Rusko, A-Trak, Steve Aoki, Skrillex, Destructo and others. Tickets go on sale June 15 via the Holy Ship! website. The full lineup is listed below.

A Pre-Cruise kickoff party will take place at Revolution Live in Florida on January 5. More details and lineup to be announced.

On January 8, 2012 the cruise stops at a private island where Fatboy Slim, Diplo, Buraka Som Sistema, and Dillon Francis play the first ever Holy Ship! Beach Boutique party.

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Fatboy Slim also plays the new Dance.Here.Now Festival which is taking place on the Beach at Governor's Island from July 1st-4th, 2011 (Paul Van Dyk, Benny Benassi, and Victor Calderone are also headliners at the Pacha-presented event). Early Bird tickets are on sale at their website.

A-Trak played a headlining show at Terminal 5 back on April 30th with Clipse and the Gaslamp Killer. More picutres from the show with the full Holy Ship! lineup and flyer, below...

Continue reading "Holy Ship! (not Hard Cruise) lineup ++ Fatboy Slim also playing 'Dance.Here.Now' on Governors Island ++++ live A-Trak pics"

HARD

As previously mentioned, the HARD Summer Music Festival will invade Los Angeles on August 6th. It's now been revealed that the LA date is also part of a larger tour entitled HARD Summer Tour 2011, which will bring Digitalism, Jack Beats, Caspa, Destructo (natch), and Gesaffelstein across fourteen cities in August. NYC's Terminal 5 (natch) will host the tour-closing dance party on August 20th. Presale tickets for Terminal 5 (and multiple other dates) are on sale, and stay tuned for general sale to hit Ticketmaster too. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Digitalism headlining HARD Summer Tour 2011 w/ Jack Beats, Caspa & more (dates, presale)"

photos by Brook Bobbins

Rusko
Rusko

The Rusko & Doorly tour hit Terminal 5 in NYC on Wednesday night (4/27). Pictures from that HARD-presented show are in this post.

HARD also presents the LA date of the tour which is also the last date of the tour.

LA is also where HARD is holding a 'Summer Festival' on Saturday August 6th. That craziness will include sets by:

"DUCK SAUCE, Boys Noize, CHROMEO live, RATATAT live, Skrillex, ODD FUTURE, JAMES MURPHY AND PAT MAHONEY DFA TENT SPECIAL DISCO VERSION, DIGITALISM live, Jack Beats, KARLSSON and WINNBERG / MIIKE SNOW DJ SET, Caspa, NERO, Noisia, Emalkay, CARTE BLANCHE live featuring dj Mehdi and Riton, BUSY PICTIONARY featuring BUSY P and SO ME, Holy Ghost ! live, SIRIUSMO, GESAFFELSTEIN, GASLAMP KILLER, DESTRUCTO, Juan MacLean, Shit Robot (The Shit Robot Show), Still Going, Nadastrom, DILLION FRANCIS, Acid Jacks, Visuals by Vello V2 labs, + more."
Tickets are on sale.

HARD Cruise sails out of Florida in January, and though no lineup has been announced for that yet, I'm sure the lineup will contain at least a few of the artists mentioned in this post.

More pictures from Terminal 5 are below...

Continue reading "Rusko played Terminal 5 w/ Doorly & Destructo (pics), playing other HARD events (dates)"

Joy Orbison
Joy Orbison

UK producer/DJ Peter O'Grady, aka Joy Orbison, made his U.S. debut at Justin Carter & Eamon Harkin's 'Mister Saturday Night' party at 12-Turn-13 in Clinton Hill on Saturday night (4/9). Check out a video from the appearance below.

If you missed it, you have one more shot to catch O'Grady in NYC before he continues on towards Coachella. Joy Orbison plays Deep Space at Cielo with Francois K tonight (4/11). He then flies west for a pre-Coachella show in San Francisco, Coachella, and a post-Cochaella HARD LA event where he shares a bill with Pearson Sound / Ramadanman, Annie Mac, & Flinch on 4/19.

Speaking of HARD, the festival is heading to the high seas in 2012. Much like Jam Cruise (whose people are involved in this), and Bruise Cruise (whose people are not), HARD Cruise 2012 is coming. It sails from Florida in January, and that's about all the details they've released at the moment. Stay tuned for lineups, pricing, etc.

All Joy Orbison dates and stuff below...

Continue reading "Joy Orbison is here, HARD Cruise is coming soon"

DOWNLOAD: Simian Mobile Disco - Flea in Your Ear (Flange Bliss remix) (MP3)

SMD

As previously announced, this Friday and Saturday (3/18-3/19) at Terminal 5 is the pre-Ultra Music Festival HARD Weekend 2011 in NYC. Crystal Castles will play a sold out show at Terminal 5 on Friday with Teengirl Fantasy. On Saturday (3/19), Simian Mobile Disco will take over the Manhattan venue with Skream, Benga, and Fake Blood. Tickets are still on sale for that one.

In honor of those shows, we're giving away the Flange Bliss remix of SMD's "Flea in Your Ear" (a bonus track from "Temporary Pleasure"). Grab the MP3 above.

SMD is on tour now with Blondes and Juan Maclean (who is DJing). All dates are below.

James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco produced the upcoming, fourth Arctic Monkeys album Suck It and See. The album comes out June 7 on Domino. Video for the James Ford-produced track "Brick by Brick" below.

AM are touring North America in May. Tickets for the May 24 Central Park show are sold out. Video, dates and stuff below...

Continue reading "Simian Mobile Disco on tour, James Ford produced Arctic Monkeys (remix MP3, video, dates & stuff)"

DOWNLOAD: Rusko - Feel So Real (Dubbel Dutch remix) (MP3) (via)

Rusko @ Electric Zoo 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Rusko

Get ready to dance. DJ's Rusko and Doorly are heading out on a North American tour together in April and March, hitting Terminal 5 in NYC on April 27th along the way. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and general sale begins on Friday.

The show, and maybe even the tour, is sponsored by HARD, so not surprisingly Destructo's name is also on the Terminal 5 bill, just like it is for the March 18th (Crystal Castles) & 19th (Simian Mobile Disco) HARD shows at the same venue.

Rusko is also on the now-fully-announced lineup of Ultra Music Festival which is happening in Miami in March. He plays the same day as the Klaxons whose March and April tour is now also fully announced.

All Rusko dates and a video below...

Continue reading "Rusko & Doorly --- 2011 Tour Dates (Terminal 5)"

by BBG

Symbolism?
Skins

In case you somehow missed the crush of commercials on cable television, MTV has a new and possibly NSFW show called Skins based on a UK series about teens, sex, drugs, mental health and family. Skins, whose demographic seems to be "hip teens" who like nudity (read: teens) and pervy would-be pedophiles, will be celebrated at a FREE NYC party at the tail end of this week.

Rusko, Sleigh Bells, Klever, Drop the Lime, and Kill the Noise will perform at an undisclosed NYC location on January 14th. The party jumps off at 10PM and you must be 16 to get in ("16 to party, 21 to drink."). More details, and directions on how to get in are on the Facebook invite though even with an RSVP, "ENTRY BASED ON CAPACITY AND IS NOT GUARANTEED."

Sleigh Bells' "Kids" is the theme song to Skins, which premieres on Jan 17th. And the show is Sleigh Bells' only U.S. appearance in the coming months. The duo will spend the rest of January into February in Europe. All dates are listed below.

'Skins' party DJ Rusko went on a HARD Fest tour over the summer with Crystal Castles, Sinden & Destructo, though he wasn't on the bill when the tour hit NYC's Terminal 5 in August. Rusko won't be there either when Crystal Castles and Destructo play the same NYC venue on March 18th, 2011 (also a HARD show), and Rusko won't be there when HARD and Destructo return to Terminal 5, one night later, for a March 19th show with Simian Mobile Disco, Skream and Benga, and Fake Blood. Tickets are on sale. It's a "HARD Weekend" (flyer below).

Before then, Simian Mobile Disco are going on tour with Juan Maclean and Blondes (dates below). After then, Crystal Castles, Simian Mobile Disco AND RUSKO (and many others) will play the Ultra Music Festival in Florida (Friday, March 25, Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, 2011 in downtown Miami's Bicentennial Park). Currently announced lineup at the link.

All SMD & Sleigh Bells tour dates, flyers and some videos below....

Continue reading "Skins is coming... (MTV party Friday w/ Sleigh Bells & Rusko) + a HARD Simian Mobile Disco gig, Ultra Music Fest, other dates"

photos by Brook Bobbins

A-Trak looking spiffy
A-Trak

"A Trak has proven himself to be one of the most talented DJs around, period. I had a chance to watch his set from the "backstage" area at Terminal 5 last night and was thoroughly blown away. Flying Lotus put on an incredibly energetic performance that set the stage for A Trak, who rocked his turntables in a tuxedo atop a 2 story platform covered in lights and LCD screens. Visually, it was a spectacle in its own right. Needless to say the crowd lost it for dance floor anthems like 'Anyway', 'Barbara Streisand', 'Shake It Down' and his 'Indestructible' remix. Amidst the furious scratching and beat juggling he is famous for, you could hear hints of hip-hop rhythm working their way into the electro until ultimately you found yourself dancing to straight up rap music." [Electronica Oasis]
A proven way to burn off all the calories associated with piles of stuffing and t(of)urkey is to hit the dance floor, and that's just what many people did on 11/26 at Hard Fest Turkey Soup at Terminal 5, though in this case it was the kind of dance party where everyone faces the stage. Featuring appearances from A-Trak, Tiga, Flying Lotus, Miike Snow (who performed a DJ set), Yelawolf, and Destructo, the show was a one-off appearance for all of the above as part of the Hard Fest series of shows which last made appearances in NYC in for the form of Crystal Castles/Sinden/Destructo and Die Antwoord/MIA/Destructo/etc. One thing all three recent HARD NYC shows had in common? Destructo on the bill. Why? One reason might be because Destructo also happens to be HARD's founder.

A set of pictures and some videos from the Thanksgiving event continue below...

Continue reading "A-Trak, Tiga, Flying Lotus, Miike Snow, Yelawolf & Destructo performed @ Hard Fest Turkey Soup @ Terminal 5 (pics)"

by BBG

A-Trak at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Chromeo

A full two months before his big brother plays the same venue as a member of Chromeo, A-Trak will headline Terminal 5 on 11/27 with Tiga, Flying Lotus, Yelawolf and special guests as part of "HARD NYC Turkey Soup 2010". Tickets for the Thanksgiving weekend show go on sale Friday 10/15 at noon.

The show is one of four US dates for A-Trak, with the others being the previously discussed HARD Haunted Mansion in LA on 10/31 with Flying Lotus (his only other date) and the Bloody Beetroots (who play Webster Hall this Friday), Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX, and a pre-Halloween show in Chicago on October 30th with Chromeo. All dates below.

Meanwhile, A-Trak's project with Armand Van Helden, Duck Sauce, recently released a new video and single for "Barbara Streisand". The star-studded video features cameos from Kanye West, Pharell Williams, Buckshot (rapper), Smif-n-Wessun, DJ Premier, Chromeo, Diplo, Ezra Koenig, and so many others. Watch that with all A-Trak dates below...

Continue reading "A-Trak, Tiga, Flying Lotus & Yelawolf playing HARD NYC Turkey Soup 2010 & other dates ++ Duck Sauce"

The Bloody Beetroots
The Bloody Beetroots

The Bloody Beetroots recently collaborated with Steve Aoki to release a remix of Refused's punk burner "New Noise". Now Italian producer and Bloody Beetroots DJ Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo will "return to his punk roots" and hit the road with the full band incarnation of his project, Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77

"Stepping out from behind the mixers, Rifo now plays guitar, bass, and synths and is joined on stage by Tommy Tea on controllers and the Beetroots' newest member Edward Grinch on drums. The new live setup is a dramatic reinterpretation of the Beetroots' music and the ultimate marriage of the band's love of grinding electronic melodies, aggressive hardcore punk, and elaborate compositions."
Death Crew 77 hits Webster Hall on October 15th. Tickets are on sale.

The BBRDC77 tour also includes an appearance at Hard Haunted Mansion in LA on Oct 30 and 31st alongside a stacked lineup of Underworld, Rusko, Mr. Oizo, Fake Blood, Sebastian, Busy P, A-Trak, Erol Alkan, Jack Beats, Booka Shade, AC Slater, and many many more. Full lineup for the fest is below, tickets are on sale.

HARD recently hosted Crystal Castles at Terminal 5, and M.I.A. at Governors Island. There's no more HARD fests coming up in NYC, but many of the same artists are performing at Electric Zoo on Randall's Island over Labor Day Weekend.

All BB tour dates and some video of the band in action is below...

Continue reading "Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77 is a band, touring (dates), playing HARD Haunted Mansion in LA (lineup)"

photos by Zachary Alex Stern

Crystal Castles

"Last night I went with some friends to see Crystal Castles at Terminal 5 for HARD Summer Tour and it was an awesome show. Sinden, Destructo, and JDH & Dave P opened and I have never seen so much sweat in my life. Alice Glass fell on me." [Cactus Crown]
More pictures from the Saturday night show (which did not include Rusko), below...

Continue reading "Crystal Castles, Sinden & Destructo @ Terminal 5 (HARD pics)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

MIA
MIA

"The [Saturday night Governors Island HARD FEST] set started with "Steppin Up," with M.I.A. backed by about a dozen power drills as part of the rhythm track: noise triumphant. But M.I.A.'s vocals were often so buried in echo, and the bass so bloated, that her lyrics just became more of the din, and the songs that she segued together like a disc-jockey set were barely distinguishable. Instead of a barrage, it was a morass.

Her set was cut short by thunder and lightning, which she attributed to God and answered with a last defiant gesture: rapping "Born Free," which vows to speak her mind, a cappella as her backup group shut down. But an exodus from her set had begun well before the downpour." [NY Times]

I was there and I have to agree about the sound. M.I.A. agrees too, and not surprisingly, has taken to Twitter to deal with the accusations, and the rain. About the sound she wrote, "money doesnt buy u shit! i thought more money means better sound guys in america/\/\/\! i was wrong, the higher u go , they turn u lower!", and "fuck technology! even the stage broke + parts of it fell off in the storm". And about the rain, well, check out the Twitter screenshot above! Don't have a Hard Fest ticket? Don't worry because Maya also promises that "if u do me a lil dance , ill let u in too!" We'll make sure to keep you posted when and if more details emerge.

In related news, the rained-on Modest Mouse show that happened one night earlier has been rescheduled, and the rained-on Williamsburg Waterfront show that happened one day later went on as planned, but later and in a different venue.

OK, so if you're following along, you saw: "Die Antwoord steal the show while topless girl dances (video), M.I.A. spits on a photographer (pics), rain, lasers & more... (HARD NYC in review - part 1)" which was followed by "Die Antwoord played MHOW & Governors Island (pics, video)" which was followed by "HARD FEST NYC in pics (part 2.5) (Ninjasonik, Rye Rye, Theophilus London, MIA & more)". That makes this post PART THREE, and it includes photos from the same artists as well as more crowd pics and Skream + Benga who played too. Those pictures, which include a shot of M.I.A,'s planned setlist, continue below...

Continue reading "M.I.A. promises free NYC show for HARD Fest ticket holders! (and here's another set of pictures from that show) "

photos by Matthew Eisman

Ninjasonik / HARD FESTival goers
Ninjasonik
Theophilus London

"Hard provided a music experience for those New Yorkers who love to rave, get down and dirty with thousands of strangers and weren't afraid to show some skin. (Looks like some attendees took notes from our Summer Music Fest trend report!)

Also, depending on how much you felt like raging, you could choose the "Hard" stage or "Harder" stage. (Which to me, is almost as character defining as choosing between "fire" and "ice" on the Dueling Dragons ride at Universal Studios.) Guests who didn't want to be bothered with making such a life-altering decision set up camp where ever and proceeded with their very own impromptu dance party.

The culmination of the evening came with M.I.A.'s much anticipated performance. Unfortunately, she wasn't properly miked, her voice was drowned out by her mashed up beats, and the only time she was heard was when she was yelling at the sound team...Thankfully mother nature was on her side, and it began to downpour, cutting her set short. At the end of the day the only press she received was spitting in a photographer's face, but all wasn't lost! She brought the noise, and really, isn't that what music festivals are all about?" [Guest of a Guest]

Saturday's NYC HARD FEST on Governors Island wasn't all just M.I.A., Die Antwoord and Sleigh Bells (and more Die Antwoord), it was a 2-stage extravaganza that fit up to 15,000 concert-goers (not sure how many tickets actually sold, but it was far from empty looking) in a large field just a short ferry ride away from South Street Seaport (Pier 11 actually). Destructo, Ninjasonik, Rye Rye, and Theophilus London were also among those on the bill. More pictures from those sets (and the big three), below....

Continue reading "HARD FEST NYC in pics (part 2.5) (Ninjasonik, Rye Rye, Theophilus London, MIA & more) "

photos by Alexander Stein

Yo-Landi Vi$$er
HARDNYC @ Governors Island

"the show last night [ridiculous] and awesome and bad, and magic--mia [sucked] so bad, she must must have done [it] on purpose. she's got some tricks and some ideas, but [I] think she just got so cagey when die anterwoord blew her out of the water that she pulled this weird ass rockstar theatrics and sabotaged herself and the sound system, along with throwing a big fuck you to the crowd that actually came to see her. [I] mean at some point before she went on, they cut the Dj off and there was this whole sound from the backstage VIP area, and the crowd got [to] listen to it for a few minutes in silence, and it was like "that's were the party is at, suckers". I don't know if she drinks or not, but the bit about having a shot of [tequila] in her seemed by far the realest part of the night. The best was the rain over the lazers, but she didn't even know how to make that to work for her, so it seemed like Nature taking pity on her." [Anonymous]
That review refers to Saturday night's HARD FEST on Governors Island which we'll be covering in multiple parts.

This post contains Alexander's pictures of the final three main-stage acts (M.I.A. who spit down on Alexander while Alex captured the saliva on film, Die Antwoord who made at least one female member of the ecstasy-filled crowd go wild, and Sleigh Bells who also sounded great), and two videos (topless girl and lasers/rain), below...

Continue reading "Die Antwoord steal the show while topless girl dances (video), M.I.A. spits on a photographer (pics), rain, lasers & more... (HARD NYC in review - part 1)"

MIA

Due to events beyond our control, HARD LA M.I.A. July 17 has been cancelled.

Thanks to the continued support of City of Los Angeles, LAPD, LAFD, and California State Parks HARD SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL at the Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 7th 2010 featuring Soulwax, Crystal Castles, Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, Diplo, Digitalism and more will continue as scheduled.

Tickets for HARD LA M.I.A. are automatically valid for the HARD SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL. HARD will offer refund instructions July 13th via HARDFEST.com

HARD NYC M.I.A. in New York July 24 at Governors Island is on as scheduled.
According to that official statement, the official reason for cancellation is "events beyond our control". What do you think those events are? It's probably slightly more than a coincidence that the huge show M.I.A. was set to headline on July 17th was cancelled on the same day her new album was majorly panned (low ticket sales already, no hope of getting better).

That said, like we have Drake to blame for everything here in NYC, LA has the recent disaster that was the Electric Daisy Carnival. So not surprisingly, when the LA Times just broke this news, though they mentioned ticket sales, the headline was: "Citing security concerns, HARD L.A. canceled"..

Documents from sources connected to a number of the acts scheduled to perform at the July 17 concert indicate that the promoters behind HARD L.A. have canceled the show in light of the new scrutiny and logistics demanded of large-scale electronic music concerts in Los Angeles.

The annual festival this year was to feature acts including M.I.A., Die Antwoord, Flying Lotus, Sleigh Bells and others...

The documents indicate that the festival will not be rescheduled, but that the New York installment on July 24 has not been affected. The cancellation comes as rumors of poor advance ticket sales have dogged the festival in recent days.

A little while later, LA Times updated their story with this:
Gary Richards, Hard L.A.'s promoter, said in a phone interview that "We've been working with the city for months and all our security plans were approved. The city was pleased with our plan. The LAPD had asked for some more cops, but most of this was the exact same plan as before. We just thought it would be better to put both events together. This didn't have anything to do with security issues."

When asked if slower-than-expected ticket sales affected the cancellation, Richards said "I'd rather not comment on that."

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Videos from the Electric Daisy Carnival Rave below...

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Die Antwoord

"Damn, I love Die Antwoord. It's like we've taken all the Disney Princesses at Stereotypes R Us, pulled off their wigs, forced their little legs together, and rammed them down the throats of the American purveyors of pop culture dreck, the soulless marketers who make millions every year by selling ersatz imperial myths to the rest of the world.

Okay, perhaps Die Antwoord aren't achieving quite that level of utter cultural domination, but allow me our little victories. The sight of Americans taking Yo-Landi and Ninja seriously is so delicious, I can almost forgive some of the excesses of the music. There's a 20 minute interview with Die Antwoord on Boing Boing, around their debut at the Coachella music festival in California, and it's a marvellous exercise in satire." [CHRIS ROPER | JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA]

That video, along with the updated lineup of HARD NYC @ Governers Island below....

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photos by Zachary Alex Stern

"Major Lazer was wicked last night at Terminal 5. Made me act like a fool." - Jake Shears

HARD NYC
HARD NYC

HARD PACKED Terminal 5 full of sweaty bodies on Saturday night (4/3). Pacifiers, bright colors and eyes rolling back into people's heads were in abundance. Skimpily outfitted dancers often decorated the stage at what was otherwise mostly a DJ show. Destructo opened the night (but Zach missed them). Then came Russia's Proxy followed by Portugal's always-fun and lively (and mc-led) Buraka Som Sistema. Headliners of the night were Boys Noize who actually kept visuals to a minimum, and Major Lazer (aka Diplo and Switch) who, like at SXSW, kept things over the top. In Austin they had one kind of monster. In NYC there was a dragon.

HARD's next NYC party takes place in an even larger venue this summer...

Global trendsetter & cultural icon M.I.A. will make her 2010 national stage debut at HARD NYC on Saturday, July 24th at the South Island Field on Governors Island. In conjunction with M.I.A.'s NEET Recordings label, confirmed performers for this two-stage festival include Sleigh Bells, Theophilus London, Skream, Benga, Ninjasonik, 12th Planet, Nguzunguzu, Borgore, Destructo & much much more TBA.
Tickets are still on sale. More pictures from Terminal 5 below...

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