Photo by Francis Chung
The folks behind the HARD Fest have been throwing gigantic dance music events in L.A. for a while, and now they’re taking their show on the road. They’ve got themselves a very serious headliner for the first ever HARD Summer Tour: Toronto electro destroyers Crystal Castles, whose live show is fucking intense. The tour will cross North America this summer. Mad Decent dubstep guy Rusko, British producer Sinden, and HARD founder Destructo round out the bill.
The second show on the tour is HARD Summer Music Festival in Los Angeles. That show will feature all the acts on the tour, as well as folks like Soulwax, Diplo, Tiga, Digitalism, and Green Velvet.
As previously reported, M.I.A. will also headline a pair of big HARD shows in New York and L.A. this summer. First, she’ll come to Los Angeles State Historic Park on July 17. Theophilus London, Rye Rye, Gaslamp Killer, Ninjasonik, Nguzunguzu, Destructo, and others will open. And on July 24, she’ll come to South Island Field on New York’s Governor’s Island. Sleigh Bells, Theophilus London, Skream, Benga, Ninjasonik, 12th Planet, Nguzunguzu, Borgore, Destructo, and others will join her.
As for Crystal Castles, they’ll release a brand new single called “Doe Deer” on Record Store Day, and they’ve got a mysterious new album coming out, possibly as soon as June. They’ll also play shows in North America and Europe this month.
Dates for the HARD Summer Tour, as well as Crystal Castles’ other dates, below.
HARD Summer Tour (Crystal Castles, Rusko, Sinden, Destructo):
08-06 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
08-07 Los Angeles, CA – HARD Summer Music Festival *
08-09 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
08-11 Austin, TX – Stubb‘s
08-13 Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
08-14 Toronto, Ontario – Koolhaus
08-15 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
08-17 Boston, MA – House of Blues
08-18 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
08-20 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
08-21 New York, NY – Terminal 5
08-22 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
* with Soulwax, Diplo, and more
04-12 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
04-14 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
04-17 Lisbon, Portugal – Coliseum
04-20 London, England – Heaven
04-22 Berlin, Germany – Ritter Butzke
04-23 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Trouw
04-24 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique Orangerie
04-26 Paris, France – Nouveau Casino
04-27 Zurich, Switzerland – Rosthoflager
04-28 Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
04-30 Murcia, Spain – La Fica Estrella LaVenta 404 Festival
07-11 Novi Sad, Serbai – Exit Festival
07-31 Emmaboda, Sweden – Emmaboda Festival