Destructo curates seven-hour playlist in anticipation for HARD Summer

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As this August’s HARD Summer Music Festival approaches, the event’s founder, Destructo, has bestowed upon his fans a seven-hour playlist filled with an eclectic array of styles and genres. The playlist includes tracks from all of the festival’s performers, including Tchami, Dog Blood, Malaa, Drezo, and many others.

HARD Summer will take place at the Speedway in Fontana Southern California and will span over two days, August 5-6. The festival will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary, and with headliners such as DJ Snake, Justice, Snoop Dog, and Migos, this year’s iteration is one not to miss.

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Dog Blood reveal HARD Summer will be their only festival in 2017

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Perhaps the best surprise of the HARD Summer Musical Festival 10th anniversary line-up was the news that Dog Blood would be topping the bill in 2017. As the supergroup side project conceived by Skrillex and Boys Noize, the two haven’t appeared together since HARD Red Rocks nearly two years ago.

On May 18th, however, Dog Blood took to their Facebook socials to express their excitement for HSMF, but also to announce to fans that it would be their only show in 2017. The announcement most likely comes as a joy to HARD founder Gary Richards, since Dog Blood is sure to draw in a massive crowd on their own. Now that it’s been confirmed as their first and only show in nearly two years, tickets should be start flying off the decks.

Maybe there’s a possibility for the return of Dog Blood in 2018? There’s no way to know for sure, but their HARD Summer appearance is sure to be the 2017 festival set to see. Grab tickets here to join Dog Blood August 5-6, 2017 at The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

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Dog Blood Takes To Social Media To Announce HARD Summer Will Be Their Only Show Of Year

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Skrillex & Boys Noize, AKA Dog Blood is one of of the most popular DJ combinations to ever collab as a pair. When the 10th HARD Summer Festival was announced early this year, 1 name stuck out on the lineup; DOG BLOOD. The last time these megastars teamed up was in 2015 at the HARD festival

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Ecstasy confirmed as cause of death in 3 Hard Summer fatalities

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Back in August, three attendees of HARD Summer — all between the ages of 20 and 22 years old — tragically passed away at the Southern California music festival. Hot weather was deemed a contributing factor, with temperatures reaching the upper-90s throughout the weekend. The primary causes of death, however, were not immediately clear.

Nearly four months later, the coroner has issued an official report, confirming ecstasy as the primary cause of death in all three cases. Mike Sutcliffe, the supervising coroner investigator, labeled the deaths as due to “acute MDMA toxicity.”

According to Fontana Herald News, who reported the coroner’s statement, the three deaths are believed to be “the most ever caused by Ecstasy at one high-profile Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival.”

It’s troubling news for HARD Summer, who experienced two deaths the year prior, also linked to ecstasy overdose. More than that, however, it’s a sobering reminder about the inherent dangers of MDMA and the absolutely necessity for more drug safety awareness. Nothing will change until we change the culture itself.

Coroner Confirms HARD Summer Deaths Caused By Ecstasy

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The San Bernadino County Sheriff’s Coroner Division has stated that the deaths of three HARD Summer attendees in July were caused by ecstasy. Mike Sutcliffe, the supervising coroner investigation, described the cause of the deaths as “acute MDMA toxicity.” The three attendees were transported to different hospitals to receive medical attention.

Derek Lee, 22, of San Francisco died at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton on July 31 at 12:10 a.m., Alyssa Dominguez, 21, of San Diego died at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Fontana on July 31 at 2:10 a.m., and Roxanne Ngo, 22, of Chino Hills died at Loma Linda University Medical Center on Aug. 1 at 3:04 a.m., according to Fontana Herald News. The three deaths are said to be the most ever caused by ecstasy at one electronic dance music event, Fontana Herald News said.

So far, there has been no indication as to whether the Southern California festival will return to Fontana in 2017.

 

Source: Fontana Herald News | Image: Rukes

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EDM’s ‘Summer of Death’ Raises Questions About Los Angeles’ Raving Scene Moving Forward

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This isn’t a new issue by any stretch of imagination, but ever since the deaths last year at Hard Summer, and honestly long before that, the rave scene in California has come under even more intense scrutiny causing local legislation and policymakers to call for reforms to prevent more tragedies from happening.

This year, three people passed away at Hard Summer, and another passed away following EDC Las Vegas, and coroners have all but ruled that MDMA use is the root cause of the majority of these deaths – though it would be a misnomer to label the deaths ‘overdoses.’ When it comes to talking about this drug problem, the EDM community has pushed back, blaming a lack of free water, the “War on Drugs,” misleading mainstream media propaganda, untrained security, and more. All the while, promoters and legislators continue calling for new security measures and moving festivals to alternate locations, yet the cycle of loss repeats itself.

Organizations such as DanceSafe have proposed for years that events are dire in need of massive overhauls, including basic facilities to prevent death and injury, such as free water, pill-testing, cool down spaces, and other relatively simple fixes. However, The Guardian has pointed out that despite all those measures being put into place, these deaths just keep on happening. They cite Cow Palace in San Francisco as a venue that tried harm reduction to no avail during the late 2000s. It should be noted that harm reduction has helped at events like the annual Shambhala.

Does the real problem come down to MDMA and ecstasy use? Should “raves” be banned? If you look at the numbers, of all the decade’s 25 [reported] drug-related deaths at dance music festivals, none have happened at 21+ events. Is the solution to the problem making all “raves” in the Los Angeles area 21+? Maybe not, but if you ask me, it’s a far better alternative to banning them all.

 

H/T: The Guardian

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HARD Founder Gary Richards Says Day Of The Dead 2016 Is Cancelled

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Ever since HARD Summer’s recent installation in a brand new location this August, the southern California festival community has been looking forward to the organization’s annual Halloween weekend event, HARD Day of the Dead. Even though the festival was planned to take place in just over a month from now, an Instagram user uploaded a picture of a private messaging session with founder Gary Richards that reveals it will be cancelled in full.

Richards, using his Destructo Twitter account, said that the decision was made back in January due to production reasons. Having two different festivals at two different locations in such close proximity to one another made for too great a strain on their resources, he said.

While fans of the annual festival scramble to find alternative Halloween plans, we can’t help but agree with uploader @vida_urrea: Escape Halloween is about to be seriously packed!

Read the conversation below.

 

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Another Family Of Deceased Raver Suing Live Nation

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In late July, we learned that the family of an attendee who died after attending HARD Summer Music Festival was suing the promoters, Live Nation, on allegations of wrongful death, negligence, premises liability and public nuisance.

Yesterday, it came to light that another family was suing Live Nation, the mother of 19-year-old Emily Michelle Tran who passed away after the 2014 festival at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. The coroner later confirmed that she passed away due to complications involving ecstasy.

According to LA Times, the lawsuit “said that the Beverly Hills company knew, or should have known, that raves like Hard Summer encourage the possession, distribution and consumption of illegal drugs like Ecstasy.” [emphasis our own]

As a raver of years and a part of this community, as well as a member of the media who knows how festivals like HARD operate, comments like this infuriate me. Say what you will about the medical preparedness of the festival, that can be objectively confirmed or refuted. But claiming that a festival willingly encourages the consumption of potentially deadly substances is wildly inaccurate and baseless.

The lawsuit further went on to accuse Live Nation of being “negligent, careless and reckless,” and having failed to provide adequate security and medical services. It also alleged that the company “knowingly oversold the event and created an atmosphere that was overattended, overcrowded and dangerous.”

The lawsuit also charged that Tran’s transport to the hospital was “negligently delayed.”

“They turned a blind eye to the known risks in order to capitalize on teenagers and young adults, who believed they were attending a safe party environment properly staffed with adequate security services and emergency personnel,” said the lawsuit, filed by lawyer Arthur G. Lesmez on behalf of Tran’s mother, Julie, a resident of Anaheim.

Any concert promoter in Los Angeles, Southern California, or anywhere in the United States, especially with regard to dance music events, knows about the proliferation and popularity of substances like alcohol at their events. To assume, or accuse, event promoters of knowingly creating an environment that was at the same time dangerous and encouraged drug use is just wrong.

Staff Pro was also named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Representatives of Live Nation and Staff Pro declined to provide comment to the LA Times.

 

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Live Nation sued in death of woman, 19, who went to Hard Summer rave

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By Rong-Gong Lin II via LA Times

MDMA overdoses challenge EMS response at mass gatherings

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By Arthur Hsieh via EMS1.com