Last year, Gary Richards . Richards, also known by his producer/DJ alias Destructo, founded HARD in 2007. Under his leadership, HARD grew to encompass events such as HARD Summer, HARD Day the Dead and Holy Ship! Live Nation acquired HARD in 2012, and last year Richards left HARD to pursue new interests.
Now, one Richards new ventures is coming together: ALL MY FRIENDS Music Festival. Destructo announced the first round artists for AMF today, including RL Grime, Jamie xx, Gucci Mane, MIA,Â JhenÃ© Aiko and Armand van Helden. Many those artists are HARD events’ alumni, and we can only guess who else will pop up on future announcements.
The festival takes place in downtown Los Angeles, where HARD famously started on August 18-19 at ROW DTLA, spanning three stages. Richards hinted that artists played on the first edition his All My Friends Radio show may pop up on the lineup. That show included tracks from already announced acts like Jamie xx and RL Grime, and features cuts from Boys Noize, Shiba San, Chris Lake andÂ RÃFÃSÂ DU SOL.
We eagerly await more info for AMF and Destructo’s . In the meantime, check out the initial AMF lineup below: