HARD was known throughout the California rave community for not allowing kandi bracelets or any other rave attire, as some may have heard Gary Richards himself say with strict emphasis during an in-line announcement at HARD Summer during the old days. Since Richards jumped ship to start his own “All My Friends” brand though, it looks like that ban has lifted permanently. Insomniac has had control of HARD for a little while now, but it looks like this will be the first year that the silly ban is gone. The news came via the official Instagram page, which replied to a fan’s question on the subject:

Richards and even some artists like Diplo put the ban on Kandi citing “safety reasons” and wanting everyone to be there for the music…Pasquale Rotella has a much different opinion on the matter:

“One of my favorite aspects of dance music culture is the freedom of self-expression. Since the early days, dance culture has always been a non-judgmental environment where you could express your individuality through art, music and positive energy. It’s been especially amazing to see how the making and trading of kandi has evolved over the years. Kandi started in Southern California, and is now a tradition embraced by ravers all over the world! I love that these beaded works of art create a special bond between the giver and recipient when traded. Although I don’t wear kandi regularly, I save all of the pieces I’ve been gifted by Headliners and remember the stories behind each one. Whether you’re from SoCal or Singapore, wear your kandi proudly and continue to spread the good vibes!”

These days more people than not chose to go without wearing the accessories, but that doesn’t mean those who enjoy the practice should be shamed in the environment where it was born. We’re glad this ban is being lifted and hope to see people decked out in the bracelets to celebrate.

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