HARD to impose attendance cap and 21+ rule for DOTD
In an effort to avoid the proposed ban on electronic music events in LA, HARD Presents in collaboration with Live Nation will be imposing stricter regulations on this year’s edition of HARD Presents Day of the Dead (DOTD). Following the drug-related deaths of two women at HARD Summer, ages 18 and 19, the office of Hilda Solis immediately launched a probe into EDM events to determine whether or not they should continue to be allowed within county lines.
To keep plans for HARD DOTD on track, “Live Nation has agreed to significant conditions to address health and safety concerns at the second event,” according to a spokesperson from Solis’ office. Among these revised rules are an audience cap of 40,000 to better control the crowd, enhanced security forces, and distribution of anti-drug and drug education pamphlets to festival-goers. Perhaps the biggest new change? The festival will now be 21+.
HARD’s promoters are also required to provide more cooling spaces, misters, and water stations to curb the risk of overheating and dehydration, two of the most prevalent health issues that occur on festivals.
As a result of the deaths and subsequent probe earlier this year, “A Night at the Fairplex” has already been cancelled. More developments remain to be seen on this issue, including a creation of a specialized task-force similar to the one created in response to the 2010 EDC deaths.
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