Following Deaths, LA Rave Canceled & Future Raves To Be Scaled Back
While the proposed ban on EDM events has not been administered, Live Nation has agreed to cancel an upcoming rave as well as implement greater safety measures on future events after the deaths of two women to apparent drug overdoses at HARD Summer at the Fairplex (formerly the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds) earlier this year. The news comes in the wake of Los Angeles county's growing unease with EDM festivals and events on Los Angeles county property and the recent deaths that accompanied them.
Live Nations and Los Angeles County Fair agreed to cancel the September 10 event Hard Presents... A Night At Fairplex, which featured a lineup including DVBBS, Juicy J, Destructo, Valentino Khan, AC Slater, Wax Motif, Petey Clicks and Bot.
HARD Day Of The Dead taking place at the Fairplex October 31 and November 1 has also been scaled back from 65,000 people a day to 40,000 and is now a 21+ event. Additionally, Live Nations will implement cooling stations, free water and literature about the dangers of party drugs as well as an increase in security and medical services.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis commented on the changes.
"We continue to study this issue and the propriety of continuing to hold such events on County property. While the Board supports musical events in the County, what is of paramount importance is the health and safety of the youth attending these events."