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Video: Electronic fest Hard Summer at the Forum shut down [Updated: 4 p.m.]

August 9, 2009 |  4:00 pm


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. [Note: An earlier version of this post said the LAFD had made the recommendation; the LAFD is the city fire department, not the county department.]

The Forum has a capacity of about 18,000 people. According to the Hard Summer website, the event was sold out. Attempts to reach the responding fire department were unsuccessful, and calls went straight to voice mail. 

Pop & Hiss is attempting to get more details and will post them as we have them. From a reporter on the scene, we're told that at least one act played -- the electronic noise act Crystal Castles. Yet those who made it into the Forum were then subject to two hours without any music. At some point, the crowd began chanting,  "We want music." 

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.

Updated at 10 a.m.: The following statement has appeared on the official Hard website: "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." Information regarding ticket refunds has not yet been released. 

Updated at 11 a.m.: Underworld has updated its website with a detailed, firsthand account of last night's events. The non-bylined post appears to be written by Underworld member Karl Hyde, who provides a behind-the-scenes perspective of last night's shutdown. The post observes that the mood inside the Forum went from a "good buzz" to an "uneasy" feeling relatively quickly. The act writes that things changed when fans began moving from the seated area onto the dance floor, jumping over a barricade. "At any moment the flow of people coming over the barrier could've turned into a cascade & people could've been badly hurt," the post reads. "I watched with increasing concern as it continued unstopped." The act writes that it was eventually advised by its team to leave the venue because of safety concerns.

Updated at 4 p.m.: Attendees on Saturday waited in line for an hour or more to get into the Forum, and a spokesman for the Inglewood police confirms online reports that fans made "multiple attempts" to rush the gates. A total of four people were arrested, according to the police, on charges of theft or drunk and disorderly conduct. Information regarding any injuries was not yet known.

Follow thoughts from attendees via Twitter. Where you there? Was it crowded? What was the mood? Leave your thoughts in the comment section.

Another Hard event is set for the Forum on Halloween. Video of last night's shut down is after the jump.

-- Todd Martens

-- Additional reporting by Scott T. Sterling. Photos and videos by Sterling, who posted a firsthand account on his blog.