Posted in dance | music on August 12, 2009

"Inglewood police dispatched a riot unit, and by 1:25 a.m. Sunday, more than 17,000 attendees had been sent home." -LA Times

Balcony climbin' @ Hard Summer '09 in L.A. Saturday night (downtownlobby)
Hard Summer

A back door of the VIP section, where tickets began at $125, flew open and fans ran in from the parking lot in what [concert-goer Will] Fan described as a "stampede."

"We saw about 200 kids run right through the bar area," said the 35-year-old Sherman Oaks resident. "It was a little scary. I saw the bartender push one kid down, but everyone else just ran around him. Eventually, security was able to stop more people from coming in. But the kids ran out of the bar...and basically hopped over the balcony and onto the floor. Then the music stopped."

The sold-out all-night Hard Summer concert, which featured a lineup that included U.K. dance duo Underworld and Canadian electronic rockers Crystal Castles, was halted at about 10:50 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which cited "hazardous life-safety things taking place inside the event."
[L.A. Times]

Hard Summer '09 @ L.A. Forum (beltran)
Hard Summer
"We were required to shut down Hard Summer at The Forum Saturday [August 8th] night by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. They declared the event a "hazard" after seeing concert-goers jumping from the balcony to the floor. The Inglewood Police Department backed the decision of the Fire Department and assisted in clearing the venue.

While we, the promoters, worked with the authorities to consider other options to continue the concert, ultimately they made the decision to end it. We are happy to report that there were no major injuries.

We are offering refunds to all concert-goers and are deeply disappointed that the fans were not able to see this incredible show come to fruition." [official statement]

Underworld and Chromeo were among those who were supposed to play.

Hard Fest NYC is set to take place October 10th at Terminal 5 where we doubt any problems like that will happen. Crookers and Major Lazer (Soundsystem) headline, and tickets are still on sale.

LA refund info and the continued Hard Summer story with videos (showing people climbing, falling & jumping over railings and ledges), below...

"This felt like an a unruly high school assembly."

L.A. Times continued...

Inglewood police dispatched a riot unit, and by 1:25 a.m. Sunday, more than 17,000 attendees had been sent home.

The Hard-brand dance events are the brainchild of promoter and DJ Gary Richards, who said he's looking at a "seven-figure" loss from the event's cancellation. Full refunds are being offered to ticket holders, and all artists will be paid.

"We were teetering on the edge of thinking things were getting out of control, and then all of a sudden those crashers came in and started leaping from the lower bowl onto the floor," Richards said. "How do you stop 500 people rushing the gate at the same time? You'd need military at that point."

Fire department inspector Frederic Stowers said a number of ambulances were called to the scene, and that the most serious injury was a broken foot. On Sunday, the Inglewood police said four people were arrested for theft and drunk and disorderly conduct, but a statement released on Monday said no arrests were made.

Videos uploaded to YouTube show fans jumping 12 to 15 feet from the balcony. Prija Cash, 27, feared a riot. The Costa Mesa resident was trapped between an underground room with a second stage and the Forum's main floor for about 30 minutes as crashers rushed the gates.

Tickets to the event were general admission, meaning fans weren't assigned a specific seat. The downstairs dance floor was full by 9 p.m., Cash said, leaving fans that came to dance, but wound up confined to balcony seats, frustrated.

"It was advertised as a dance party, and people wanted to dance," he said.

Underworld observed on its website that the mood inside the Forum went from a "good buzz" to an "uneasy" feeling relatively quickly, as fans ignored a barricade to rush the dance floor. The act wrote that it was advised by its security team to leave.

News spread on the Web that Crystal Castles singer Alice Glass suffered a concussion in a melee to get out of the venue, but the act's U.K.-based manager, James Sandom, said via email that while the event was "a disaster," reports of Glass' injury were "not true."

Richards said security had been beefed up for the concert. "The Forum typically hires I think 200 security guards for events," he said. "We had 320 guards. There were 36 Inglewood police officers and nine fire inspectors. My partners had 10 to 15 meetings with those people to go over and over the plan."

The Forum's general manager, Tina Suca, stopped short of saying the venue would avoid dance acts but said "we're a fun rock venue." Another Richards event is booked for Oct. 31, but it will be moved.

"We learned that the Forum is just not the right place for an event like this," Richards said. "Knowing now that people will jump from balconies onto the floor, the Forum is not good for us . . . My brother and I used to manage [metal band] Slipknot back in the day, and those fans weren't doing that."

Hard Summer 2009 - What went down

HARD SUMMER 09 was SOFT!!!!!

Hard Summer 09 Main Room Stops

HARD Summer 2009 Forum Riot people goin over the railings ASSHOLES!!!

10:30pm Chaotic Mess at Hard Summer 09

Hard Summer 09 Riot Pt. 2

REFUND INFORMATION:

Ticketmaster Sales:
Beginning Monday, August 10th at 10 am, if you purchased your tickets through ticketmaster.com or a Ticketmaster phone center, the credit card you used to purchase the tickets will automatically be credited. If you purchased your ticket through a Ticketmaster outlet, you will need to go to the point of purchase to obtain a refund.

Groovetickets Sales:
If you purchased your tickets online through Groovetickets.com, a refund for the total face value of your order will be automatically applied to the credit card you used. Please allow up to five business days for the credit to appear on your banking statement.

Retail Stores / Venue Box Office:
If you purchased your tickets through any of the retail stores or from the venue box office, you may obtain a refund by mailing your ticket(s) to:

The Forum
3900 West Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90305
Attn: Hard Refund Department

Please include the mailing address where you would like the refund check mailed to as well as an e-mail address. Include the payee's full name for check payment or full credit card information. Please allow up to 30 days for your refund to be processed.

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Hard Fest L.A. lineup
* UNDERWORLD (LIVE)
* CHROMEO
* CROOKERS
* CRYSTAL CASTLES
* A-TRAK
* TIGA
* THE BLOODY BEETROOTS
* SEBASTIAN
* BUSY P
* AMANDA BLANK
* STEVE AOKI
* SINDEN
* JACK BEATS
* RYE RYE
* DESTRUCTO
* SKEET SKEET
* DAN OH
* 12TH PLANET

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Comments (39)


Chromeo fans are the craziest. Ever.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 11:50 AM


Doesnt Alice Glass suffer a concussion like at every Crystal Cankles show these days?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 11:52 AM

that one loser who got pushed down by the bartender must have been born slippy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 11:58 AM

that's insane

but so is holding a rave in a stadium

Posted by eric rex | August 12, 2009 12:00 PM

Idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:01 PM

Ravers are morons

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:02 PM

Let this be a lesson, NO Jumping down from the Radio City Music Hall mezzanine to the orchestra section during the upcoming YYYs show (or Regina Spektor's show for that matter).

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:03 PM

Lmao @ 12:03
That would be the greatest thing ever

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:08 PM

wat

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:14 PM

P.L.U.R.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:20 PM

thats a long way to jump.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:34 PM

Makes sense tho, they shouldda never had balcony seats. Who's gonna want to sit in cramped stadium seats while a real party is going on right below you?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:36 PM

yes, I think they should have kept the floor open, people would have self regulated. once you had people telling them you cant come in some people got desperate to get down there.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:59 PM

Those LA kids and their riots...

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 1:11 PM

"Hard Fest NYC is set to take place October 10th at Terminal 5 where we doubt any problems like that will happen."

O RLY? The gauntlet has been throwed down!

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 1:13 PM

I don't see the problem with storming a concert venue and destroying it for paying customers.

Aren't you Americans always selfish, rude, and trying to get something for free?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 1:51 PM

rarely does a bv commment actually make me laugh anymore. congratulations, 1:13.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 1:52 PM

1:51 - you're confusing us with French, Australians, Belgians, Nigerians, and your mom.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 2:02 PM

it's like the mexican border.

Posted by racist | August 12, 2009 2:33 PM

no one noticed 11:58's comment. i thought it was hilarious.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 2:44 PM

2:44 - thank you!

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 3:34 PM

12:36: "Who's gonna want to sit in cramped stadium seats while a real party is going on right below you?"

Um... VIP.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 3:44 PM

Terminal 5 won't put up with that crap I am sure. Hopefully security will throw Crystal Castle fans off of the top floor just for the hell of it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 5:02 PM

Nice work everyone, some LOL'd ass comments here. BV commenters are the cream of the crap.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 5:51 PM

..excuse me. What a bunch of fucking animals. I blame the pills.

Posted by Justin Leon | August 12, 2009 6:29 PM

". . . My brother and I used to manage [metal band] Slipknot back in the day, and those fans weren't doing that."

well fuck.
that's cos slipknot fans are pussies.
:P
fuck HARD LA!
let the kids dance!


honestly what kind of idiots release 17,000 drugged up, pissed off kids into LA streets at night?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 6:39 PM

Electronic Music, LOL

AKA the music that you have to be on drugs to enjoy.

AKA the music that doesn't require you to master a musical instrument (or even basic music theory) for that matter, to be successful

AKA the music where you can actually get a profile simply from playing OTHER people's music

AKA the music that anyone who doesn't listen to it think it's a repeating loop over and over again

AKA the music that constantly samples and rapes the likes of true talents like James Brown, Miles Davis, and numerous others

AKA the music that Americans stole from the UK, and bastardized even further by trying to incorporate lame pop, heavy metal, or other garbage, into the "formula"

Fucking LOL, I bet half those ravers are 30 and don't even have real jobs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 12:32 AM

And by real jobs, I mean not selling drugs, or sucking promoter's dicks for DJ gigs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 12:37 AM

Actually, anyone see the soda pop commercial where Dr. Dre kicks that faggot ass ravetard "DJ" off the tables and "slows it down?" Gotta give him props for his sweeping slap in the face to the entire genre. I bet all the ravers are getting butthurt over it on their little message boards too, defending their music like it's actually worth listening to. LOL!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 2:02 AM

so when you oversell a venue, remove all the floor seats, and stuff the place full this happens.

The promoter should know better- people are tired of being treated like cattle.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 4:13 AM

"AKA the music that Americans stole from the UK"

@Anon12:32 - You are totally off base. If you'd said Germany in the 70s with Krautrock and Kraftwerk, you would've had a more valid argument but in actuality, the UK rave scene got its start by playing house, techno and electronic records that were being produced during the 80s in Detroit and Chicago but were ignored by mainstream America. Overseas, these records were worshipped and adored and the Americans who made them such as Derrick May, DJ Pierre/Phuture, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson were treated like stars all over Europe only to return home to virtual obscurity.

Posted by blackhat | August 13, 2009 8:57 AM

8:57 is spot on.
12:32 is pretty ignorant.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 9:29 AM

"AKA the music that anyone who doesn't listen to it think it's a repeating loop over and over again"

I'm sure you're too ignorant to have even heard of Classical Minimalism from the 1950s.

"AKA the music that you have to be on drugs to enjoy."

Everyone at a rock concert is sober, I promise you.

"AKA the music that constantly samples and rapes the likes of true talents like James Brown, Miles Davis, and numerous others"

Can't this argument also be lobbed at rap music. Please, as if rock music is that original. It's all been done before. There are antecedents in every shitty rock band you listen to down to the exact same riffs and melodies.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 10:33 AM

"I bet all the ravers are getting butthurt over it on their little message boards too, defending their music like it's actually worth listening to. LOL!"

Actually, I don't think electronic music fans give a fuck about that commercial. In fact, even you can't even remember what soda it was advertising.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 11:15 AM

Can we get a stage collapse over here?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 1:50 PM

HARD could have been succesful, but thanks to "destructo" not knowing how to handle things we all got let down. Many of people came from around the states & some around the world for this. He should have expected things to get out of control, thats why you have plan b. Which he didn't have. I still haven't gotten my refund & that shit pisses me off

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2009 3:27 PM

im still waiting on my refund.. and its been about a month and a half.. this is lame!!!.. fuck HARD!!!

Posted by BAMBAM | September 21, 2009 9:57 AM

fuckkk....still waiting on my refund!

its been over a month WTF is that about? -___-'

it was a night to be waited for,, yet a ight of disaster...


hahah at least i took a pic with some riot police that his nightstick was brushing up on my asss hahah :D

but like it should have been known why the fuck would they try to sell out knowing there wasnt enough space? 0_o likee hellllooo!


Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 7:12 PM

Significant change, it is.

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 10:39 AM

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