Electronic Music Festival Hard L.A. Canceled

M.I.A. hosts Nylon Magazine's Music Issue party at SkyBar in West Hollywood on Jun. 22. But something seems to be missing... neon colors and abundance of Spandex, perhaps?

Hard L.A., the electronic music festival scheduled for July 17 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, has been canceled, a representative for the event has confirmed. Published reports suggest the event was called off due to security concerns.

"Due to events beyond our control, Hard L.A. M.I.A. July 17 has been cancelled," a statement from the festival said.

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Los Angeles Times blog Pop & Hiss reports that documents provided by sources for a number of the acts on Hard L.A.'s lineup indicate that the festival was canceled in light of new scrutiny and logistics demanded of large-scale electronic music concerts in Los Angeles.

Some of the acts scheduled to appear at the July 17 festival include M.I.A., N*E*R*D, Die Antwoord, Flying Lotus and Rye Rye. Information on how to obtain refunds for the canceled date will be provided July 13 at hardfest.com.

The festival's statement also noted that the Hard Summer Music Festival, slated for Aug. 7 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, will continue as planned. Tickets for Hard L.A. M.I.A. are automatically valid for the Hard Summer Music Festival, which will feature Soulwax, Crystal Castles, Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, Diplo, Digitalism and others.

The Hard NYC event featuring M.I.A. at Governors Island on July 24 will also continue as planned, according to the statement.

Concern over safety at electronic music events has risen following the drug-related death a 15-year-old girl who attended last month's Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles Times, 226 injuries (114 of which required attention at hospitals) were reported during the two-day dance event.


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