We were all shocked at the beginning of August when it was announced that HARD Events founder Gary Richards (Destructo) would be splitting from Live Nation and HARD Events. And although Holy Ship! will definitely feel different this year without Destructo at the helm, the show inevitably must go on. But what a show it will be as HARD has just revealed a stacked lineup for for their 2018 cruise.
With a long-running history of incredible sunrise sermons, surprise performances and ridiculous b2b sets, it’s no wonder that Holy Ship! has become one of the world's most sought after music events. This year, HARD has (unsurprisingly) secured an huge roster of unbelievably talented artists such as A-Trak, Baauer, Snails, REZZ, Alison Wonderland, NGHTMRE, What So Not, Claude VonStroke, Gorgon City, Justin Martin, Kaskade, Kayzo, Louis The Child, Malaa, Tchami, Big Wild, Ghastly, Mija, and many more to join them on for their two weeks of cruising on January 6 - 10 and 10 - 13. Deadmau5 fans are also in for a treat, as the jack-of-all-trades will be making a rare appearance as his techno alias - Testpilot! Check out the full lineup for each week below and enjoy!
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.”
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!
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.
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
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