The HARD Festival is coming to Red Rocks Ampitheatre for the first time this year and its organizers have just announced the full line up. Taking place on Aug. 1, the festival will feature performances from Knife Party, Diplo, Flosstradamus and more.
Knife Party, the Australian dubstep duo of Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, has ignited attention over the span of two EPs, 2012’s “Rage Valley” and 2011’s “100% No Modern Talking.” The two are touring in anticipation of their upcoming EP “Haunted House,” which they’ve already been previewing for fans at spots across America. Last time they came to Red Rocks was last Halloween for a haunted house “battle” with none other than Skrillex. No word yet on when “Haunted House” will actually drop, but chances are good it will happen before the August performance.
Diplo’s return to Red Rocks is occurring over a much shorter time span. Performing as Major Lazer, he and his uniformed dancers opened for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Winter On The Rocks in February. It’s anyone’s guess as to what he has in store, but “Express Yourself” dancers are a virtual guarantee. Don’t be surprised if he ends up spinning a few Major Lazer tracks, since he’s just a few weeks out from releasing the project’s latest album “Free The Universe” on Mad Decent.
Mad Decent’s other dicey darlings Flosstradamus will also take the HARD stage at Red Rocks. The hard-charging Chicago duo of DJs has a few quizzically named EPs behind them along with a lifetime’s worth of collaborations and remixes. The past months have seen them dig deeper into the fast-growing trap movement, producing the Iggy Azalea track “Flexin’ & Finessin,’” followed by an announcement that they were working on the trap-focused “The Nomads EP” for a possible release in 2013.
Along with these headliners are Disclosure, a British tag-team that are riding the hype growing around their style of soul-inflected electronic music, as heard on “Latch.” Also performing will be Destructo, who also happens to be the music executive who started HARD, Gary Richards. He’s more of the adventurous type, finding remixes in places others would avoid.
Tickets for the event will go on sale this Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Go here to purchase tickets when sales begin.
Electronic blogger Erik Myers is a Denver-based writer and contributor to Reverb. Contact him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter.