The LA Times is reporting that HARD L.A. M.I.A., which was set at downtown's Los Angeles State Historic Park has been cancelled "due to security concerns." M.I.A., Die Antwoord, Flying Lotus, Sleigh Bells and more were scheduled to perform. Apparently, new security issues have come up after a 15-year-old died of drug-related causes at Electric Daisy Carnival last month.
Oddly enough, the Aug. 7 Hard event, which is going to be held at the same park, is still scheduled to go on. The LA Times had previously reported that the July 17 ticket sales were "slow," but the show cancellation was also linked to the "new scrutiny and logistics demanded of large-scale electronic music concerts in Los Angeles" after the Electric Daisy fiasco. Last week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to establish a task force to examine and "enhance rave safety."
The HARD Web site has this:
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LOS ANGELES --
HARD LA M.I.A. this Saturday July 17th has been cancelled, but not due to the lack of support or the full approval from the personnel at the City of Los Angeles and California State Parks who have signed off on our comprehensive security plan. We have decided to instead produce one massive event on August 7th at the same amazing location, the Los Angeles State Historic Park in Downtown Los Angeles.
We continue to work closely with LAFD, LAPD, City of Los Angeles, and California State Parks who continue to support all HARD events and have approved our plan to operate the HARD SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL at the Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 7th 2010 featuring Soulwax, Crystal Castles, Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, Diplo, Digitalism and more.
Tickets for HARD LA are automatically valid for the HARD SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL. HARD will offer refund options July 13th via HARDFEST.com
HARD NYC M.I.A. in New York July 24 at Governors Island also continues as scheduled.
In lieu of the cancelled MIA show, HARD is producing an event this Saturday night with DIE ANTWOORD, Destructo, and Borgore to take place at the El Rey Theater.
For Ticketing information visit HARDFEST.com