Major US City Mayor Responds To Proposed EDM Festival Ban
Following the tragic deaths of two teenage girls at HARD Summer in Los Angeles just over a week ago, Los Angeles County supervisors proposed a temporary ban against EDM events and concerts in LA County.
"As we move forward, more measures need to be considered to create a safe environment for all patrons and a zero tolerance for illicit drugs... I am deeply troubled by the fact that this is the third such death to happen in my district in the last year and a half... No one -- no one should have to lose their life while attending a public concert." - Hilda Solis, LA County Supervisor
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has responded by saying that the music itself cannot be blamed for the decisions and actions of those who attend EDM events. Garcetti said that he “thought a lifetime ban in a town... is kind of silly" being that LA happens to know be where a lot of EDM is now originating from and being exported to the rest of the world.
“I think it’s bad management. I think people need to manage concerts well. So I’m very sympathetic to (Los Angeles County) supervisors who are making sure they get to the bottom of what happened in this tragedy.” - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
The two teenage girls who died at HARD Summer have been identified as 18-year-old Tracy Nguyen of West Covina, California and 19-year-old Katie Dix of Camarillo, California, according to the coroner's office.
Although the autopsy results have not yet been released, it's suspected that their deaths were drug-related. Their deaths have caused a renewed debate over whether authorities can be doing more to reduce drug-related issues at EDM events and concerts.