HARD Founder Gary Richards Announces He Will Leave Live Nation, No Longer Attend or Curate Holy Ship & More
publish date: 2017-08-02
HARD founder Gary Richards has confirmed that his relationship with Live Nation has ended, and that he will no longer attend or curate HARD parties, including Holy Ship!, after this weekend's 10th Anniversary HARD Summer festival.
"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," the post reads. "Accordingly, I will not be attending or curating the next Holy Ship cruise event in 2018."
Rumors began circulating that Richards, aka Destructo, was not booked for this year's Holy Ship sailing, and ticket buyers were not pleased. The rumor was fueled by a recent tweet from Boys Noize, an artist known to have a strong relationship with Richards, who is currently booked to play HARD Summer and has frequently played Holy Ship! in the past. Some Holy Ship! fans -- who call themselves Ship Fam -- have said these rumors were shared with them by artists who have previously performed at the event.
Anyone who's ever been on Holy Ship! will tell you how much they love Richards. He's the founder of HARD Events and has spent the last 10 years creating and curating the company's unique dance concerts. In 2012, Live Nation acquired HARD Events and kept Richards on.