In the world of supersized EDM promoters, Gary Richards’ Hard brand continues to be The Rolling Stones to Insomniac’s Beatles, a grittier alternative to the pop and “big room” headliners of EDC Vegas. The 2014 edition of their annual Dia de los Muertos–themed party brings back some of last year’s most popular acts, including melodic bass duo Zeds Dead, Denver electro-hop star Pretty Lights, big-room maestro Calvin Harris, and the irrepressible Deadmau5, this year in an intriguing tag-team pairing with Swedish house producer Eric Prydz. Knife Party, Zedd, Bassnectar and Diplo round out the headliners — because apparently, no EDM event in 2014 is complete without Diplo. (Seriously, when does that dude sleep?) But the real stars of the show, as at every Hard DOTD, will be the fans, decked out in full Halloween “kandi” regalia. Also, Sunday, Nov. 2.
Sat., Nov. 1, 11 a.m., 2014
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