Gary helped start HARD which started events like HARD Summer (which is now taking place) as well as Holy Ship.
It appears that things are reaching a fever pitch as multiple sources are reporting that it is likely Gary will be forced out of a company he built himself many years ago.
Representatives for Live Nation declined to comment on the matter; a representative for HARD did not respond to a request for comment by time of publication. We first saw the potential of this happening after an interview with Variety magazine was published this past April. The brand's embrace of more hip-hop flavored EDM - electro-house, trap, G-house, future bass - proved enticing to a new generation of ravers and distinguished it from its corporate overseer, Insomniac, which is 50.1 percent owned by Live Nation and which has dominated the EDM festival world with events like Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas and Nocturnal Wonderland in San Bernardino.
Yeah, this is coming up on the renewal of my deal, so we're at the end. Asked whether he was going to stay with the company he said, "I dunno". That's a good question. There's been positive and negative to it.
"I have the utmost respect for Michael Rapino and Live Nation", the post continues. But then again, there are other forces at play here that are running the electronic scene in different directions than me, and they kind of battle with me and that part of it's not fun - and it's unnecessary. Allegedly, many returning acts are hesitant about playing the event without Gary's presence. This is troublesome as Gary Richards is to HARD what Pasquale Rotella is to Insomniac.
Attendees have been tweeting the hashtag #NoGaryNoShip at Live Nation.
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.