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Fire officials shut down Hard Summer concert at Forum

August 9, 2009 |  8:13 am

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 fire 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."

Read more at The Times' pop music blog Pop & Hiss about the abrupt end to Hard Summer at the Forum.