Holy Ship

HARD Events Founder Gary Richards Splits From Live Nation And Hard Events

Gary Richards

It’s a bittersweet day for artists and festival-goers everywhere. As HARD Summer’s 10-year anniversary gears up to open its gates in less than 24 hours, we must all now face the reality that Gary Richards (Destructo) will soon be splitting from Live Nation and HARD Events

What started as a rumor that Destructo would not be booked for 2018’s Holy Ship! has turned heads over the past few days. After being acquired by Live Nation in 2012, Richards’ five-year contract with HARD Events came to its close this year and was not renewed. In response to the controversy surrounding the split, Richards issued the following statement:

To all the HARDfam & Shipfam:

I am leaving Live Nation after this week's HARD event to pursue an incredible new opportunity that I will share with everyone in the weeks to come.

Accordingly, I will not be attending or curating the next Holy Ship cruise event in 2018.

I have the utmost respect for Michael Rapino and Live Nation. 

Let's make this week's 10th anniversary show the best HARD event ever! 

- Gary Richards AKA Destructo

HARD fans and artists alike have been tweeting about their dissatisfaction with the split, even using the hashtag #NoGaryNoShip to aim their frustration at Live Nation. Earlier this week, Boys Noize, who has a long history with Richards, shared a petition started by Holy Ship’s Shipfam which urges Live Nation to reconsider the split. The petition’s details state: “At the end of the day, if you choose to give Gary the boot, or otherwise force him from Holyship, we pledge to make this hurt, and not physically, but financially.”

No Gary, No Ship #shipfam https://t.co/cS3MIKPhhk

— Boys Noize (@boysnoize) August 2, 2017

Dirtybird will not be on @HOLY_SHIP in 2018.

— Dirtybird (@Dirtybird) August 3, 2017

No way would I have ever done @HOLY_SHIP if it wasn't for @DestructoHARD ...almost positive I can speak for most of the artists

— SKRILLEX (@Skrillex) August 2, 2017

Holy ship without @DestructoHARD isn't holy ship at all.. this man created endless memories for countless ppl 😔

— Ghastly (@Ghastly) August 3, 2017

While the news of the split is shocking and disheartening, there may still be a bright side in the form of the “incredible new opportunity” that Richards mentions in his statement. In a recent story by LA Weekly (which cited anonymous concert industry veterans), Richards is speculated to now be working with Live Nation competitor, LiveStyle, which is a re-branding of Robert Sillerman's promotions company SFX Entertainment.

While we hope that Richards will be able to continue to curate unique, forward-thinking events in the years to come, all we can do now is wait to see what the future holds. But in honor of Gary Richards’ brainchild, see below for some of our favorite HARD moments from over the years. Enjoy!

Listen To Louis The Child, Big Gigantic, Ghastly, Jai Wolf, Slander & Manila Killa's Epic 2 Hour B2B Holy Ship Set

Holy ship b2b rukes

This has to be one of the wildest b2b performances we've ever witnessed. Last month, Louis The Child went b2b on Holy Ship with Big Gigantic, Slander, Ghastly, Jai Wolf and Manila Killa. We are big supporters of each of their projects so to see them all come together for an epic b2b performance was more than we could have asked for.

The set explores so many different genres from future bass to trap to hip-hop to funk to alt-rock. You'll everything from Gorillaz to M.I.A. to the Spongebob Square Pants theme song. Trust us, you're in for a treat.

Let's also not forget about other insane b2b sets that went down on Holy Ship like Destructo's three-hour, deep house sermon set with Griz, Mija, Justin Martin and more. There was also Getter's hourlong b2b set with Josh Pan and GTA that gets more and more trippy as the performance goes on.

Stream this newly-uploaded b2b set below and enjoy!

HS!17 -- Louis The Child b2b Big Gigantic b2b Slander b2b Ghastly b2b Jai Wolf b2b Manila Killa

Listen To Getter, Josh Pan and GTA's Hourlong B2B "Djing On Acid" Holy Ship Set

getter / josh pan

What happens on Holy Ship, stays on Holy Ship...that is unless somebody recorded their set and that's exactly what we have here. Josh Pan uploaded his back-to-back-to-back 50+ minute set with GTA and Getter and it's absolutely fire. He titled it "djing on acid ep. 1 ft. gta & getter on holy ship" which obviously made us a bit more interested in what the set would sound like. 

There's a ton of IDs in the set, including an unreleased collaboration between GTA and Valentino Khan. Over the hourlong set, we hear some pretty trippy but still awesome tracks that span from trap to dubstep to breakbeat to house. The set features songs by Anna Lunoe, Joyryde, Medasin, 4B, Mr. Carmack and more. We highly suggest you listen to this b2b2b performance in full as GTA, Getter and Josh Pan simply crushed this one. Enjoy!

djing on acid ep. 1 ft. gta & getter on holy ship

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