Last month, the masterminds behind HARD put on one of the most amazing events I have ever been to: HARD Red Rocks. This trip was my very first time ever being in Colorado, so obviously it was my first time being at the venue that takes the cake at the Red Rocks Amphitheater. This year, the lineup featured opening acts from Drezo, Graves, Keys N Krates, and Savoy. Headlining was DJ/producer RL Grime. I had the best spot in the entire venue: center and up in the middle of the crowd. I had a perfect view of the stage and the lasers that accompanied each group/artist.
Unfortunately, I did miss Drezo at the very beginning but caught the last 20 minutes of Graves. The rain had started coming down right when I got there, but that did not stop everyone from showing up and having a great time. On the Rocks was my first time ever seeing Keys N Krates, and they completely blew my mind away. I don’t know if it was the venue itself (because it was my first time there), but the sound and visuals were amplified times 10. The most notable song that stands out distinctly in my mind from their performance was Dum Dee Dum; after they played this, the crowd’s energy instantly picked up and you could feel the excitement.
After Keys N Krates was Savoy. I had seen this group briefly at Electric Forest this year and was blown away by their intricate use of lasers during their set. Red Rocks definitely didn’t disappoint and if anything, they intensified the use of them on the Rocks. Everything about their set was pure magic: the way they vibed on stage with each other and went along with the crowd. I highly recommend seeing Savoy if you ever get the opportunity because there is no doubt in my mind that you will be blown away by the performance they do!
Everything about last night was magic. We love all of you ??
— SAVOY (@SAVOY) August 5, 2016
To end the night was the person that almost everyone came together to see: RL Grime. RL Grime is a genius at mixing and dropping hit after hit and at Red Rocks, he looked so comfortable up there essentially playing with the crowd. There were multiple times where he would build up a song and throw the crowd for a curve ball with a completely different song/drop than expected. The drop that stands out the most in my mind where he threw the entire crowd off was when he started playing his remix to The Hills. The Hills has a very distinguishable drop and when RL didn’t play that, the crowd lost their mind (see video below). His set in one word is “insane”… I get goosebumps just from re-watching the videos I have during his set! To say the least, RL Grime was the cherry on top to a perfect evening. Each act brought something different to the table and interacted with the crowd on different levels. It was refreshing to see different backgrounds from EDM come together under one venue to create magic for attendees!
RL Grime with the Hills Remix? pic.twitter.com/rJ2RZxdXm7
— CORavechasers (@CoRavechasers) August 5, 2016