Live Nation have canceled an upcoming event taking place at L.A. county-run Fairplex in Pomona in the wake of two teenagers’ deaths at their Hard Summer festival at the same venue in August.
Eighteen-year-old Tracy Nguyen of West Covina and 19-year-old Katie Dix of Camarillo died during the first day of the two-day electronic dance music festival. Ecstasy use was suspected, but autopsy results were still pending.
Another Hard event, Sept. 10’s Hard Presents … A Night at Fairplex has been canceled by promoter Live Nation, the office of L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis announced today.
Live Nation also agreed to other safety measures, including increased cooling stations and free water for attendees, increased security and emergency medical services on site. Materials warning of the dangers of party drugs like Ecstasy will also be distributed, Solis said.
A spokeswoman for Live Nation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“We continue to study this issue and the propriety of continuing to hold such events on County property,” Solis said in a statement. “… While the Board supports musical events in the County, what is of paramount importance is the health and safety of the youth attending these events.”
A spokeswoman for Hard sent us this 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.