Posted in dance | music | tour dates on July 12, 2010


Due to events beyond our control, HARD LA M.I.A. July 17 has been cancelled.

Thanks to the continued support of City of Los Angeles, LAPD, LAFD, and California State Parks HARD SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL at the Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 7th 2010 featuring Soulwax, Crystal Castles, Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, Diplo, Digitalism and more will continue as scheduled.

Tickets for HARD LA M.I.A. are automatically valid for the HARD SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL. HARD will offer refund instructions July 13th via

HARD NYC M.I.A. in New York July 24 at Governors Island is on as scheduled.
According to that official statement, the official reason for cancellation is "events beyond our control". What do you think those events are? It's probably slightly more than a coincidence that the huge show M.I.A. was set to headline on July 17th was cancelled on the same day her new album was majorly panned (low ticket sales already, no hope of getting better).

That said, like we have Drake to blame for everything here in NYC, LA has the recent disaster that was the Electric Daisy Carnival. So not surprisingly, when the LA Times just broke this news, though they mentioned ticket sales, the headline was: "Citing security concerns, HARD L.A. canceled"..

Documents from sources connected to a number of the acts scheduled to perform at the July 17 concert indicate that the promoters behind HARD L.A. have canceled the show in light of the new scrutiny and logistics demanded of large-scale electronic music concerts in Los Angeles.

The annual festival this year was to feature acts including M.I.A., Die Antwoord, Flying Lotus, Sleigh Bells and others...

The documents indicate that the festival will not be rescheduled, but that the New York installment on July 24 has not been affected. The cancellation comes as rumors of poor advance ticket sales have dogged the festival in recent days.

A little while later, LA Times updated their story with this:
Gary Richards, Hard L.A.'s promoter, said in a phone interview that "We've been working with the city for months and all our security plans were approved. The city was pleased with our plan. The LAPD had asked for some more cops, but most of this was the exact same plan as before. We just thought it would be better to put both events together. This didn't have anything to do with security issues."

When asked if slower-than-expected ticket sales affected the cancellation, Richards said "I'd rather not comment on that."

PREVIOUSLY: Pitchfork trashes new M.I.A. album, cops break up release party @ PS1 +++ here are those Creators Project pics

Videos from the Electric Daisy Carnival Rave below...



Comments (28)

this is hilarious. usually hate pitchfork, but definitely <3 it today.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 7:37 PM

I very much doubt poor ticket sales is the reason for the cancellation of an M.I.A. show. Just because Pitchfork did not like her new album, it does not mean people no longer want to see her.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 7:40 PM

anon 7:40,

she never had 'real fans'. she was hip, now she is not hip, which means no more ticket sales. happens all the time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 7:43 PM


Posted by zorg | July 12, 2010 7:44 PM

I actually definitely think the ticket sales is a factor. All shows this summer are suffering from the economy and her shows are particularly expensive.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 7:51 PM

Pitchfork's moronic essay-reviews are borderline comical these days, and to be honest the scope of that site (musically) is pretty damn limited. With that being said, I can assure you that the millions of people that downloaded 'Paper Planes' didn't do it because of a Pitchfork review, nor would their "panning" really amount to jack-s%$# when you consider this woman has an international fanbase well outside the cushy (and yes, predominantly white friendly) indie-rock-boutique audience in the US that Pitchfork by & large caters to. At this point if Pitchfork isn't down with something it's reason to check it out.

Posted by billy | July 12, 2010 7:52 PM

Charles Darwin must be looking down from Heaven and thinking: those druggies at EDC should be dead.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 7:55 PM

It's hard to think it was beyond her control to put out a worthwhile album.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 7:56 PM

So Charles Darwin says we are the children of Apes instead of God's children and HE still lands in heaven?! Cool, this must mean that she is a forgiving God. peace

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 8:04 PM

"anon 7:40,
she never had 'real fans'. she was hip, now she is not hip, which means no more ticket sales. happens all the time."

she's huge in the frat scene now. i went to a big state school and i'm sure tons of frat/sorority kids would do a bunch of blow and go to see her while wearing neon american apparel stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 8:31 PM

Im hard

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 9:02 PM

anyone ever think to themselves she was quietly pining for her album to get slaughtered? back draft from over hyped/played paper planes she got sick of it. then again i just did hear one of her songs close out the new entourage episode.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 9:28 PM

odd considering Pitchfork is the only place I read a bad review of this album. And I think the album is fucking great.

Posted by Luis | July 12, 2010 9:38 PM

I hope her shows get cancelled over here too. I was backstage last year at one of her concerts and even the catering back there was whack. They were sipping budweiser and the hummus didn't have enough olive oil in it. Made it real dry.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 9:50 PM

Disco Sucks

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 9:58 PM

la vegan ;)

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 10:20 PM

Man at EDC (and I guess Mtv) ADHD is the norm

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 12:48 AM

^ Economic Development Corporation? As in the quasi-governmental agency responsible for city property management?

Posted by CNC | July 13, 2010 1:11 AM

Remember that there’s always a certain amount of risk associated with making a major change in your life. It’s never easy when it involves income and the future of your family. However, if you want to be your own boss, you can certainly do so. It may end up opening many doors to better your financial future.

Posted by zhaka | July 13, 2010 2:32 AM

Her album is captivating and AMAZING. And it didn't get trashed, it got as many rave reviews as it got negative ones.
Her real fans won't bother with this hip/not hip bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 7:59 AM

I don't understand the hubbub. MAYA (I'm not gonna do that funky spelling, sorry) sounds like an M.I.A. album, nothing worse, nothing better. If you like M.I.A., I don't understand why you wouldn't like this album. If you hate her, you're not gonna like it. Musically speaking, there's nothing radical or provocative going on here. The only new factor is her little media tantrums over the past year or so. Media tantrums aren't music. People need to quit confusing the two. Maybe she's become an irritating public figure, but her music still is what it is.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 8:52 AM

Gary is an asshole, so that is pretty cool

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 9:45 AM

The album is good. Pitchfork and other journalists are siding with the Times writer in their "Us vs Them" attitude. Half the pitchfork article is about truffle fries, and not the music. I hope XXXO is a top 40 hit and these wanna be musician/writers can bite it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 11:13 AM

OK...the next time someone insinuates that only black people will riot under extremely crowded or rowdy conditions, please point them to the first video below wherein white kids are practically killing each other just to get on the main floor of a bad LA rave. Drakegate my ass.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 11:41 AM

Die Antwoord is to blame. They'd have to pay ME to suffer through that horseshit

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 12:08 PM

Pitchfork's writing has improved immensely in the last 2 to 3 years. The "moronic essay reviews" were definitely in full force before that, when the writer's childhood stories about first kisses or summer camp dominated the page, but I've stuck with them and the writing is better than ever.

Posted by LKJ | July 13, 2010 1:23 PM

Seriously those kids in the first video - wth?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 2:38 PM

If anyone was upset about missing Theophilus London because HARD got cancelled, he's hosting and performing at the Purple Lounge this Friday night (7/16/10) in Hollywood. It's free with RSVP at

Posted by Nicole | July 15, 2010 6:56 PM

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