With a lineup boasting many of the usual DJ suspects (Skrillex, Nero, James Murphy) and a few interesting left-of-center choices (Squarepusher, Bootsy Collins), the two-day HARD Summer Music Festival held this weekend at L.A. State Historic Park near Chinatown had the dubious distinction of having over 105 arrests, according to the L.A. Weekly. The massive number of arrests included 9 busts for drugs. A city official reported 22 minor medical incidents and four hospitalizations for people believed to be under the influence of drugs. At HARD’s 2011 installment, there were 31 “medical emergencies” at the dance music fest, according to the LAFD, with 17 arrests.
In related news, two people died and 19 others were hospitalized on Thursday during the Mansfield, MA stop of roving U.S. electronic summer music tour IDentity Festival held at the Comcast Center featuring Eric Prydz, Paul van Dyk and Wolfgang Gartner.
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