After the death of 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez at Electric Daisy Carnival in the Los Angeles Coliseum, public and political scrutiny has been shifted to raves and electronic bashes where drugs are rampant. Now HARD L.A. and Fresh Squeezed, festivals similar to EDC, have been canceled just a week after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors established a task force and proposed a moratorium on raves. Promoters deny the cancellations have anything to do with recent scrutiny, but do acknowledge that due to stricter standards, unforeseen costs have come up. So is there even a need for local governments to step in, or will raves be canceled all on their own?
Joshua Glazer, editor-in-chief of URB.com, a music and culture web site that focuses on emerging music and covers the Los Angeles and international electronic music scene
Gary Richards, promoter & organizer of HARD L.A. & other electronic music festivals; resident DJ at Avalon Hollywood’s Control party