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Hard L.A. Festival Canceled

01:01 PM Tuesday 7/13/10 |   |

Festival organizers have called off Saturday’s Hard L.A. festival featuring M.I.A., N*E*R*D and Die Antwoord.

The electronic fest was scheduled for July 17 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park and was set to also include performances by Flying Lotus, Sleigh Bells, Rye Rye, The Switch, Joker, Theophilus London, 12th Planet, Borgore, Destructo and more.

Hard Summer Music Festival is still good to go Aug. 7 at the same Los Angeles venue.

Los Angeles Times blog Pop & Hiss reports that the July 17 fest was canceled “due to security concerns” following the suspected drug overdose death of a 15-year-old girl at the June 25-26 Electric Daisy Carnival at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park.

The 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival attracted more than 180,000 fans, 226 of which suffered injuries, including 114 requiring a hospital visit. The fan’s death prompted the Memorial Coliseum to temporarily ban contracts with rave organizers, and The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to vote to set up a task force to examine and “enhance rave safety.”

The Times notes that Hard L.A. had been recently hit with rumors of poor advance ticket sales.

HardFest.com released a statement on its website explaining the cancellation.

The fest “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 …”

Hard Summer Music Festival features Soulwax, Crystal Castles, Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, Diplo, Digitalism and more.

Tickets for Hard L.A. are valid at Hard Summer Music Fest or can be refunded through HardFest.com.

To make up for the canceled fest, Hard is producing a show this Saturday at El Rey Theater in Los Angeles featuring Die Antwoord, Destructo and Borgore.

Hard N.Y.C. is scheduled for July 24 at South Island Field @ Governors Island. The show features M.I.A. along with Die Antwoord, Skream, Benga, Rye Rye, Sleigh Bells,Theophilus London, Borgore, Destructro and more.

Click here for Hard Fest’s website.

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