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Why the HARD Summer music festival moved from Pomona to Fontana


Wes Woods of Inland Valley Daily Bulletin discusses the aftermath of the HARD summer deaths and subsequent move to a new venue. Asking returning ravers and first-time ravers, Woods gets a feel for how the issues of drug-related deaths and other rave controversies have been perceived and how they are impacting the fans.

This article originally appeared on Los Angeles Daily News

Mija performs during the HARD Summer Music Festival at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Ca., Saturday, July 30, 2016. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

FONTANA >> With colorful outfits, stages and acts, the two-day electronic dance music festival HARD Summer took over the Auto Club Speedway on Saturday with little drama despite its negative reputation.

“Shout out to the speedway for letting us do this here,” Destructo said from the main HARD stage during his set featuring DJ Wax Motif.

HARD Summer continues Sunday at the speedway and will no doubt be scrutinized by area politicians and parents concerned about deaths and drug use that have been reported in previous years when the event was held in other locations.

As of press time Saturday though, police and fire officials had not issued a comment about any public safety issues with the festival.


Fans of the festival on Saturday did not seem to mind the continuing controversy over the organized “rave.”

Kari Bishop, 26, of Santa Maria walked out of a water tent as Destructo was performing and said it was her first time at the festival. She said she was sober, so the issue of drugs didn’t affect her personally...

... Read the full article by Wes Woods at dailynews.com

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