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HARD Showcases M.I.A., N.E.R.D., and Food Trucks [Updated]

Gary "Destructo" Richards | Photo courtesy Biz3 / used with permission
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[Update: Since this interview went live, HARD has been canceled. Read the latest update here and read the interview below to see how organizers were approaching this festival from a safety point of view.]

Since 2007, longtime electronic dance music DJ Gary “Destructo” Richards has been throwing electro house-heavy dance music festivals called HARD. These parties have put a host of dance acts on the national map, convinced rock kids to dance, and have recently popped up in New York and other cities.

This Saturday, July 17th, HARD will take a less ravey turn, and feature a two-stage bill headlined by M.I.A. and Pharrell Williams’ band N.E.R.D. Should you get hungry, ten serious food trucks will be there for you at the Chinatown-adjacent Los Angeles State Historic Park.

The Metro-friendly location (Gold Line: Chinatown stop, also very walkable from Union Station) is a 36-acre property that rests in the shadows of Dodger Stadium. The event also features Metro-friendly hours; the runs 4 p.m to midnight and trains shut around 12:30 a.m.

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Musical highlights include South Africa's Die Antwoord, Flying Lotus, Rye Rye, Switch, Joker, Sleigh Bells, KCRW’s Jason Bentley, Destructo himself and more. Food trucks within the grounds are to include Border Grill, Ludo Bites,The Slice Truck, Frysmith, Munchie Machine, King Kone, Louks To Go, and World Fare.