HARD has unveiled one hell of a lineup for their annual Day Of The Dead festival, one of the most successful annual Halloween events in the world. The lineup is incredibly diverse and eclectic, featuring house, techno, bass, EDM, and everything in between. We’re especially excited about Groove Armada, Armand van Helden, Felix Da Housecat, Alison Wonderland, George Fitzgerald, DJ Tennis, and way too many more to list. Unfortunately, however, there are going to be some changes made to the event in the wake of a terrible tragedy.
Following the death of two teenagers at this year’s HARD Summer, The Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors has decided to crack down on the enormously popular festival. They have issued a number of restrictions that Live Nation must adhere to in order to host their annual DOTD, one of which being the new 21+ age limit.
The first of these restrictions was the cancellation of their upcoming ‘A Night at Fairplex,’ set to feature Wax Motif, AC Slater and more; Secondly, the DOTD Festival must limit attendance to 40,000 (HARD Summer had 65,000) and limit the hours of the festival, which will now end at 11 PM. To conclude, they can only admit guests 21+ from here on out. The reduction in attendees will translate into millions of dollars in lost revenue. However, we anticipate that they will make much of this money back via drink sales (since everyone will be of legal drinking age). Additionally, HARD will increase security and medical protocols and provide more free water. Finally, Live Nation must create and distribute educational literature about drugs at the event. Yesterday, the company announced in a statement:
“Festival organizers and promoters are pleased to have worked quickly with the County Supervisors in order to complete the County’s inquiry and bring about the agreed upon modifications to our operations for HARD Day of the Dead at Fairplex, which will further our fans to have a safe and fun time”
The event will be held Saturday Oct. 31 and Sunday Nov. 1 at the Socal Fairplex. Early bird tickets are now available for $85 (one-day ticket) and $145 (two-day pass). VIP tickets are also available for those who want to go big or go home.