Hope you’re all squadded up, because HARD Summer 2018 returns to the Speedway in Fontana this weekend! The HARD Summer 2018 set times are out! Find them at the bottom of this page.
Taking place August 4 and August 5, the lineup is stacked with some of the top names in hip-hop and EDM. Saturday’s bill features Marshmello, a Zeds Dead b2b Jauz set, Yellow Mustard (Yellow Claw + DJ Mustard), Louis the Child, Flosstradamus, Troyboi, Rick Ross, and Ekali, among others. Sunday’s lineup is topped by Travis Scott, Diplo b2b Dillon Francis, Porter Robinson sideproject Virtual Self, MO, Virgil Abloh, and Snakehips.
What’s new with HARD Summer 2018? Though it’s taking place at the Speedway again and it’s had its many issues, there will be some mass changes to the layout.
“We decided to return to The Speedway because it really is a great venue and gives us the extra space and infrastructure we need to throw the best event possible,” head of HARD events Meg DesChenes said, per Mixmag. “In order to go back there we needed the right production and logistics plan in place which we now have with Insomniac stepping in. They are experts at producing large scale events.”
Though it was started by Gary Richards aka Destructo, it is now fully run by Insomniac Events after Richards departed to do his own thing. Insomniac is making a major overhaul to the look and feel of HARD Summer for the better.
They’ve announced redesigned stages, which will face the grassy infield. There will be wider entrances, which should make for quicker entry into the festival. There will be way more water stations and shaded areas.
“Layout was the #1 concern here,” says DesChenes. “We wanted to bring all the stages closer together and move everything to the grass. Less walking, more shade and water were key factors when we planned this. This year the festival will be where camping was in 2016 – so it’s pretty much a whole new experience for returning fans with a renewed focus on comfort and amenities.”
Check out the video at the bottom of this post detailing all the changes to HARD Summer 2018.
So who should you make sure to check out? Well, Travis Scott drops a new album ASTROWORLD on Friday, which will make his HARD Summer 2018 headline set Sunday his first since the new record comes out. It’ll be a great opportunity to see how these new songs sound live.
I highly recommend checking out MØ on Sunday, who has been rolling out new music regularly. She’s one of the few indie pop acts on the bill and she is an amazing live performer. I’ve seen her a half-dozen or so times, and she knows how to hype the crowd up.
Saturday’s breakout performer could be 070 Shake, who has been blowing up thanks to features on Kanye West, Pusha T and Nas’ new albums that dropped this year.
Another indie pop act worth checking out Sunday is Elohim, who has been blowing up since dropping her debut full-length album at the end of April. She is another dynamic live performer, live producing while singing.
Don’t have your tickets to HARD Summer 2018 yet? Good news — there are still some available. Two-day general admission tickets are priced at $199. Two-day VIP are priced at $359. Single-day GA are priced at $109. Single-day VIP are priced at $199.