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Worth a thousand words: Photos of Hard Summer day 2 with Nero, Kastle, and more

HARD Summer 2014 at Whittier Narrows Recreational Park in South El Monte, CA
HARD Summer 2014 at Whittier Narrows Recreational Park in South El Monte, CA
Jesse Seilhan

Sunday wrapped up another successful HARD Summer and featured some of the more stunning sets of the entire festival. The biggest draw was hometown hero Dillon Francis, bringing tens of thousands to the main stage to hear some pristine moombahton. His custom light-up deck is known as "The Gary" and it helped make his performance larger than life. Behind him, familiar memes like pizza, cats, and Dillon's gigantic head kept the crowd engaged for over an hour.

After his sundown set was Disclosure, the British brothers brought out Eliza Doolittle and Mary J Blige to perform the songs they featured on. Their live instrumentation was a nice change of pace from the pre-programmed rowdiness exhibited all weekend long. Their mainstream blend of sounds worked perfectly on the big stage and converted anyone in the crowd not yet in love with their material.

Earlier in the day, fans were treated to actual DJs, including A-Trak and 2manydjs. The former waited until the every end of his set to really showcase his technique, while the Soulwax brothers started spinning from the word go.

Elsewhere in the festival were other excellent acts, such as Kastle's subtle and subdued selection of tracks, showcasing his curation and production quality without relying on drops and repeated hooks. NERO stunned the closing crowd who chose them over heavyweight Tiesto. Their set consisted of mostly hits and remixes, but their live setup was massive and Alana Watson's vocals were more powerful than any laser or firework.

Overall, the weekend was a great success, save for the 140+ arrests and one death. Tragedy aside, for an established festival in a new home, HARD Summer proved it didn't need LA proper to deliver the goods.

In the following slideshow, you'll see acts like Nero, Kastle, Dillon Francis, Sub Focus, Disclosure, and more.

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