Riot Police Shut Down Hard Summer Music Fest at Forum Last Night
Hard Summer was supposed to go all night at the Forum in Inglewood last night, and the sold out event had the venue packed (it seats 18,000). But for some reason, before things could even get too intense, the event was shut down by authorities. LA Times' music blog Pop & Hiss explains:
Saturday's all-night electronic event Hard Summer at the Forum was shut down by midnight. The event was declared a "hazard" by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, according to an Inglewood police representative. Based on the county department's recommendation, Hard Summer was called off. [...] According to some of those on scene, shortly before midnight, when acclaimed U.K. dance act Underworld was to be on stage, uniformed police officers in riot gear entered the Forum and emptied the room. Not everyone in the crowd left quietly. There were reports of bottle throwing and heavy booing, but our reporter said there wasn't anything extremely violent or worrisome.
Dear Los Angeles, We are terribly sorry. Inglewood PD made the decision to shut down the event tonight much to our astonishment and yours. There are many questions to answer; rest assured you will not be left hanging. Please check back soon. The show must go on...