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8 Acts You Have To See At HARD Day Of The Dead

Marc Sessa |
October 31, 2014 | 5:43 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Via HARD Day of the Dead (@HARDfest)
Via HARD Day of the Dead (@HARDfest)
So you've decided that you'll be going to HARD Day of the Dead this weekend but you're not sure which artists that you're going to split your time between.

Have no fear because we've developed a list of eight acts you should make time to see while you're at the festival.


Seven Lions

Seven Lions exploded onto the scene after his remix of Above & Beyond's "You Got To Go" hit the airwaves and there is no indication of him slowing down any time scene. Characterized by his use of genre blending coupled with his "trance-step," this artist hits highs and lows you didn't know existed so make sure to catch him at 4:30 p.m. at the HARD Stage. 

Pretty Lights

One of the greatest things to see at a festival is when an artist adds something unique to their set such as live musicians on stage with them. You may know Pretty Lights but his live audio visual production that will accompany will be a sight that you don't want to say you passed on. Pretty Lights will be performing at 6:55 p.m. at the HARD Stage.


Hailing from Paris, Gesaffelstein will take the stage with his dark, energizing dance beats to transform the Pomona Fairplex into an atmosphere hailing his form of "dance metal."  Mixing current techno with samples from DAF, Front 242, and Nitzer Ebb, this will be Gesaffelstein's last performance before he goes back to France to finish his next album. Be there for the transformation of the Pink Stage at 8:10 p.m.

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deadmau5 v. Eric Prydz (mau5-ville)

Back-to-back sets have becoming more common place and the curated "Mau5-ville" stage that will transform the HARDer Stage at 8:50 p.m. will be one of the best sets to take place this year. Their hypnotic set will take control of the attendees and will leave them wanting more so don't be left out this weekend.

Knife Party

With a new album about to drop, Knife Party will no doubt be bringing everything they've got for their 9:45 PM at the HARD Stage. As evidenced by a couple of songs that have already been released from the album, there is some genre blending that is taking place which no doubt will work in nicely with their "harder" approach to EDM. Knife Party will no doubt absolutely demolish the main stage with their intense set and have patrons ready to go home to sleep it off and prepare for Day 2.



After releasing their remix to The Chainsmokers' hit "#SELFIE," this duo will be performing at 1:40 p.m. at the HARDer Stage. Aside from completing remixes for Steve Aoki, Tommie Sunshine, and Jack Beats, just to name a few, their early afternoon set will no doubt leave the crowd needing to refill their water supply after the amount of dancing that will be had.

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Big Gigantic

This duo will be playing at 5:00 p.m. at the HARD Stage and will probably have one of the most diverse sets of the weekend. No genre is off-limits for these two throwing in funk, house, hip-hop, and and dub-step to keep the crowd moving and grooving as the temperatures start to drop for the night.


On the verge of a new album about to release, Galantis will be rocking the HARDer Stage at 5:30 p.m. Playing bangers mixed in with original songs this duo is one of the top acts to see this weekend, and probably rest of the year. Some of their top hits have been sampled and remixed by Kaskade this past year and the duo continues to prove that they are one of the top contenders in the game right now.

Aside from the acts listed above, make sure to take advantage of the other amenities HARD will have such as the zip line that goes across the venue to touch down next to the HARD Stage, the Century Wheel (read: ferris wheel), and the gut-wrenching thrill ride: Typhoon. 

Stay hydrated this weekend and make sure to GO HARD.

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