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HARD Day Of The Dead Photos: Skrillex, Pasties And Poo Costumes
After a weekend full of laser beams, pulsating electronic beats and a sea of confetti, the HARD Day of the Dead music festival came to an end.
Acts like Deadmau5, Skrillex and A$AP Ferg graced the stages of the Pomona Fairplex on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. During Destructo's set, rappers Problem and Ty Dolla Sign joined him on stage. Diplo also jumped on stage during Skrillex's performance, turning it into a Jack Ü set.
There were a variety of Halloween costumes, from your regular old rave pasties to underwear and fishnets, to some funnier ensembles like pizza and poo emoji gangs.
However, the vibe of the two-day music festival was considerably different. After two teens died at HARD's summer festival in August, Live Nation, the company which helms the event, agreed to make some changes to appease L.A. County officials. That included significantly dropping the number of tickets they could sell from 65,000 to 40,000 per day, restricting the age limit to 21 and over, and adding more cooling stations, misting areas, free water stations and shaded areas to the venue.
The beefed-up security also meant that Live Nation and Pomona police were working hard together to crack down on illegal behavior. Authorities arrested 310 fest-goers during the weekend for a variety of offenses, including public intoxication, using fake IDs, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance for use or for sales, and driving under the influence, ABC 7 reports.
LAist photographer Perhansa Skallerup noticed security had tightened at this festival, where he saw drug-sniffing police dogs around while folks were waiting in line to get in, and said he even had to take his shoes off, TSA-style during the security check. However, Skallerup said since this was a 21 and over event, attendees weren't confined to drink in beer gardens, which was nice. "As a whole, the event seemed scaled back (dare I say turnt-down?) from previous HARD events, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The smaller stages all had ample room to dance and get up close," he said.