[EVENT REVIEW] HARD Day Of The Dead Back From The Dead

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HARD Day Of The Dead Comes Back From The Dead

had not taken place since , and with that being mentioned it was certainly missed. This is identical pageant that noticed make his debut. With that being mentioned it’s simply one the West Coast’s higher festivals. 2018 noticed HARD Day Of The Dead make its return to the Los Angeles State Historic Park, and to that, we couldn’t be happier.

The park reopened earlier this 12 months after going via a renovation, and it confirmed. Having gone to Insomniac’sZedd In The Park” on the identical venue earlier this 12 months, it was good to revisit the park and see it in a unique mild.

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I entered the venue near  5 ‘O Clock P.M., and at this level, the park was already full dressed up attendees dancing the night time away. The pageant was themed after the Mexican vacation ‘Dia De Los Muertos’. While there have been quite a few folks dressed up in Halloween garb, the quantity ‘Dia De Los Muertos’ themed costumes vastly outnumbered the previous.

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Day Of The Dead

As I entered and met up with associates, I loved the sounds Omnom and his wonky tackle home music. I rapidly left the group associates and headed over to attempt to get my face painted, as HARD was fering free face work of their VIP part. Unfortunately, the road was longer than I had hoped, and that didn’t find yourself occurring. I opted as an alternative to seize a drink, to which I used to be impressed by the choice the bars have been fering. I made a decision on a Cherry Vodka Cocktail and made my option to the primary stage.

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As I approached, and the solar was setting over Downtown LA, I caught the closing moments Cashmere Cat’s set, to which he dropped Virtual Self’s ‘Ghost Voices’. The crowd was loving it, and it was at this level that I made a decision to leap in and observe go well with. His set ended, and the gang grew quiet, we knew what was coming and we couldn’t’ be happier. Knife Party took the stage, and all of us misplaced it.

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Knife Party

For an hour, we have been transported again in time as Knife Party’s set was nostalgic as could be. It was superior to see them play, as they’d additionally been at HARD Day Of The Dead again in 2014. Only one member made it out for the present, which was Gareth McGrillen, however it was worthwhile nonetheless. I hadn’t seen Knife Party since 2012, so this made it all of the a lot better. They dropped every little thing from Sebastian Ingrosso’s & Tommy Trash’s iconic monitor ‘Reload’ to 2011’s ‘’ by La Puente.

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Blending tunes each present and outdated, Knife Party the LA Historic Park. My solely gripe was that we didn’t get an opportunity to listen to “Internet Friends” performed stay. He teased us with the intro to solely to not play it. He claimed that their set bought “Cut Short’, oh properly. They performed hundreds their different music, and it was superb. Check them out for those who ever get the possibility.

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Die Antwoord

Next got here a 45-minute changeover, because the mainstage manufacturing crew ready the stage for Die Antwoord. I wasn’t actually wanting ahead to this, so I made a decision to discover the venue and take a look at what HARD needed to fer. Their menu included every little thing from Gourmet Mac & Cheese, Lotta Tots, and even Bulgogi Korean BBQ. I opted as an alternative for a Churro, from the Churro carts that have been sprung across the venue, and I used to be fairly proud of my determination.

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I managed to catch a bit Rodriguez Jr. stay and was pleasantly stunned by the range his set included. I couldn’t title the tracks he dropped, however it was sufficient to maintain the groove going, and preserve the general vibe that HARD was presenting. After some time, I made my approach again to the MainStage, and was serenaded by a gaggle Mariachi’s taking part in ‘La Chona’. I lastly ended up on the principal stage, solely to be hit with a thick wall bass.

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Die Antwoord had taken the stage, and so they have been destroying the dance-floor. I received’t go so far as to say I used to be a fan the South African Hip-Hop group previous to the occasion. I knew who they have been, and had even watched a movie that they starred in, however for those who requested me to call a monitor from them, I’d draw a clean. After seeing them stay, this opinion has undoubtedly modified, and I’ll undoubtedly be seeing them once more. The power they carry is unreal, and the music of their discography is out the world.

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After listening to some their stuff, I made certain to Shazam the tracks, in order that I may add them to my private music library. One monitor that stands out, particularly, was ‘Ugly Boy’ by the Capetown based mostly group. If you haven’t had an opportunity to hear test it out . It accommodates a straight pattern Aphex Twin’s ‘’, which is superior. When paired along with Ninja and Yolandi’s trademark vocals, the outcomes are nothing quick epic.

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Next got here one other 40-minute changeover, solely this time the sounds have been supplied by Thee Mike B. I scrambled away from the Main Stage and made my approach over to Shiba San. At this level, he had already been taking part in for over 15 minutes. I took a minute chill out, and benefit from the surroundings, because the park was suffering from skulls, gravestones, and tons different Instagram worthy photo-ops. After a while I returned to the MainStage, to catch Justice

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In all honesty, they have been the explanation I attended HARD Day Of The Dead, to start with. I had been ready for practically a decade to see the elusive French duo that’s Justice. I’m glad to say that I used to be not let down in any respect. They performed all the tracks that we’ve come to anticipate, together with the stuff f their new ‘Woman Worldwide’ album.

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I left the stage a bit early to catch Lee Floss’ b2b set with Felix Da Housecat and was left proud of my determination. This was the proper option to wind down the night time, as some the sooner acts sapped the copious quantities power I walked into Day Of The Dead With. Floss & Felix stored the groove going till the present ended, and the vibe was good.

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In Closing

HARD Day Of The Dead was held the weekend after Insomniac’s Escape. Due to this, I wasn’t certain if it will be capable to stay as much as earlier weekends debauchery. I’ve by no means been extra fallacious. HARD has confirmed time and time once more that they’re greater than succesful placing on top-notch occasions. HARD Day Of The Dead is one other shining instance that.

After 2015, HARD Day Of The Dead went on a three-year hiatus, solely to return in gorgeous vogue. We would hate to see this motion repeat, as this author is drastically wanting ahead to attending subsequent 12 months. If you had the possibility to be in attendance, you understand precisely what I’m speaking about. If not, remember to make it out subsequent 12 months, you received’t be disillusioned.

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