L.A. County Consider Music Festival Ban, After HARD Summer Fest Deaths
EDM music festival, HARD Summer Fest, took place in Los Angeles over the weekend. However, tragedy struck.
Two women, aged 18 and 19, died of suspected overdoses in separate cases.
Following the deaths, Los Angeles County supervisors are considering a ban on music festivals within the county, which local media dubbed "raves."
In addition to the deaths, 29 other festival attendees were reportedly treated for drug or alcohol-related problems, while two others who were hospitalized in critical condition after falling and hitting their heads.
"Tragically, two young women lost their lives at this festival," said Supervisor Hilda Solis. "As we move forward, more measures are needed to create a safe environment for patrons and zero tolerance for drugs."
The HARD Summer Festival was held at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA.
Festivals, particularly EDM-focused events, are no stranger to the occurrence of drug-related tragedies.
According to Complex, MDMA was a confirmed contribution to two deaths two years ago at Electric Zoo Festival and thought to be a factor in the death at last year's FreakNight Festival in Seattle. There was also a death at last year's ULTRA festival and a death and hundreds of arrests at last year's HARD Summer Fest.