Following the deaths of two teenage girls at HARD Summer this month, Live Nation cancelled Sept. 10’s HARD Fest A Night at the Fairplex and significantly scaled back Halloween’s HARD Day of the Dead.
On Aug 1, HARD Summer saw 18-year-old Tracy Nguyen and 19-year-old Katie Dix die of suspected ecstasy overdoses. Autopsy results have not yet come in. Following this, LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis proposed that the county ban EDM events entirely.
Live Nation made the decision to scale back these HARD events after meetings with Solis. HARD Day of the Dead (Oct. 31 – Nov. 1) will now host 40,000 people each day instead of the originally planned 65,000. Additionally, all attendees must be at least 21-years-old, up from 18. The festival’s hours will also be reduced, as well.
Solis’ office is still working with Live Nation to either ban raves in LA County or improve their health and safety conditions.
“We continue to study this issue and the propriety of continuing to hold such events on County property. We are considering additional health and safety measures. We are also considering the creation of a specialized task force that will include health and safety representatives from the County’s Departments of Public Health, Health Services, Fire and Sheriff.”
— LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis
HARD Day of the Dead will include increased cooling stations, misting areas, shade and free water. County officials will also be distributing anti-drug messaging.
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