While Los Angeles isn’t necessarily famous for its skyline, the city’s downtown cluster of skyscrapers has been the backdrop for many festivals at the Los Angeles State Historic Park.
Nestled between two freeways, an industrial park, the L.A. River and the Metro Gold Line, the park itself is a simple design: fields of grass bisected by paved walkways, adorned by oak trees and furnished with benches and picnic tables. Even before completing a three-year-long renovation in 2017, it was coveted by event promoters who filled its vast space with thematic stages and booming music several times a year. Its central location and proximity to public transportation made it a nearly ideal location for festivals, from Hard Events’ Day of the Dead and Hard Summer to FYF and spectacles such as Swedish House Mafia’s Masquerade Motel.
“Out of all the venues we’ve ever done our shows at -- and we’ve done our shows at a lot of different venues -- it’s definitely my favorite,” says Meagan DesChenes, director of Hard Events.