The first ever HARD Red Rocks launched Thursday, August 1, 2013, at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Performances included Australian electro house/dubstep duo Knife Party, Grammy-nominated producer Diplo, U.K.-based garage/electronic duo Disclosure, EDM/trap duo Flosstradamus, and Boys Noize Records recording artist Destructo (aka, Gary Richards, the founder of HARD Events).
The opener for the night was Destructo, who came to HARD Red Rocks in support of his newest EP, Higher, which is out now on Skrillex’s OWSLA label in North America and Boysnoize Records in Europe. I do have to say, I was pretty damn impressed with Destructo. He had a great opening set, and one that I have to say, was probably one of the best of the night.
Flosstradamus threw down their mix of electronic dance music and trap, one that makes you stand back for a minute and listen to the different mix of beats and say, hmmm, this is interesting, I’m jamming hip-hop and rap lyrics with some dubstep and other electronic dance beats. Disclosure did a nice job as well. Their garage sound flows well with their dance beats, and I loved hearing live instruments throughout their set. They were the highlight of the night for me. It was a not quite the sound I was expecting to hear in a lineup that included Knife Party.
Diplo did a great job working the crowd up before Knife Party took stage as the last act for the night; rounding out the first ever HARD Red Rocks. Both Diplo and Knife Party threw down their beats amongst a packed crowd. I had a great night. It was hard to leave Red Rocks once again, but I was happy with HARD Red Rocks, leaving me feeling good.
Gary Richards/Destructo is the world-renowned event and festival producer recognized for landmark festivals such as HARD Summer, HARD Day of the Dead, and the three-day electronic music cruise Holy Ship!!! When setting up HARD Red Rocks, Richards wanted to be able to bring what HARD represents to the Colorado electronic heads, and give a taste of all the different styles that HARD brings: trap to house to techno and everything in between. I would say he accomplished his mission.
Pics by Jonathan Lawson