Hard Summer 2021 Was a Return to Form

Hard Summer once again was a huge success for Insomniac and its attendees. In summary, the festival brought in 160,000 music lovers who raved the weekend away to their favorite artists. Insomniac made sure to keep safety measures around the COVID sickness and its new friend the Delta variant.

Employees of the festival had to wear masks if not vaccinated along with Insomniac offering them COVID shots in the medical tent. Also, attendees had the choice of free masks and the ability to use multiple sanitation stations. Plus, The whole festival took place outside in the massive NOS Events Center.

Headliners at Hard Summer

Headliners this year at Hard Summer consisted of FutureRezzKaytranadaRL GrimeBaauerDon ToliverJauzEkaliLil Dirk,Maya Jane ColesG JonesEpromA-TrakWax MotifDJ SnakeMalaaDillion Francis2 ChainzSkream!KayzoIann DiorHulk Gang(Valentino Khan + 4B), SlushiiJoyrydeSaymyname, and Solardo. The only change up in the headliner list was a replacement of Valentino Khan for Flosstradamus.

Moving forward, some of the most enjoyed sets this year were closers Rezz, Malaa b2b DJ Snake, Dillion Francis, and Kayzo. Rezz closed out the Harder Stage Saturday and Kayzo closed it Sunday. Dillion Francis closed the Hard Stage Saturday and Malaa b2b DJ Snake closed it Sunday giving the festival a double bang ending.

Rezz and Featured Artist Dove Cameron

About the Shows & Press Shots

Having over a year to prep their new music and live sets, all artists were able to surprise fans with a new experience. Yes, the headliners given, topped the festival but every artist have received good reviews from their fans. Especially those such as The Bad Boys Club, Skream!‘s Old School Dubstep set, RL Grime b2b Baauer, and Walker & Royce. Some say this was the best Hard Summer yet and as a fellow attendee I can agree.

Many artists brought out surprise guests. Above you can see Rezz and her featured artist Dove Cameron. This talented artist, Dove Cameron put on an amazing live show singing her song ‘Taste of You‘ with Rezz behind the decks. Rezz is a well known artist and attracted many to the festival. Below is a video from the Harder Stage Pit.

What a view right?

Dillion Francis closing out the Hard Stage day 1.

Malaa b2b DJ Snake with the closer set for Sunday’s Hard Stage.


Hard Summer is one of Insomniac’s most popular festivals in the SoCal area. It lives up to its reputation for all of its new comers. The festival provides 5 stages with drop dead line ups consisting of artist from all over. Their ground and production crews are some of the best in the nation and they prove so with all the events Insomniac puts on. Hard Summer is only one of the many ground breaking events they provide. If you haven’t been, you should add it to your musical festival bucket list for 2022.

See you next year!

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