The Best of Hard Summer 2013
Hard happens a lot. The L.A.-based festival series spearheaded by Gary Richards does one-off events in Los Angeles and beyond year round, and their big events Day of the Dead and Hard Summer are highlights on the electronic festival circuit.
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See also: The Worst of Hard Summer 2013
This weekend was Hard Summer, taking place at at Los Angeles State Historic Park in front of 70,000 people. Considering that tragedy cast a pall over the event, it was hard for many to enjoy themselves. But there were still a number of highlights, and here's the best of what went down:
Not only was it possible to take the Metro to Chinatown for the event, festival goers got to ride for free. As such, riders able to avoid the clusterfuck of trying to park downtown. Who knew? It's actually possible to maneuver through Los Angeles on public transit.
Usually the ladies are the stars of the dance floor, but this dance move, which is done almost exclusively by men, is a scene stealer. Basically the shuffle is a move that involves a lot of toe tappin', some side steppin', knee jerking and kicking and gliding around. We asked one guy how to do it and all he could say was, "You've just got to feel it." His instructions also included "work your toe game" and the implication that being on drugs while doing so is helpful.
Best cheap laugh: Overhearing people trying to pronounce the name of French producer Gesaffelstein (and trying to pronounce it ourselves) did not get old. "Is it like, Gah-seff-ul-steen? Gu-shefull-steyn? Ga-fall-stuh-feen?" (Word on the street is that it's "GRR-saff-ell-STINE".)