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18,000 People Left Rolling On W. Manchester Blvd. Saturday August 8, 2009 at Hard Summer

Posted by ARNOLD YU on August 11, 2009.

Looks like Hardfest at the Los Angeles Forum went soft early this past Saturday, as the Los Angeles County Fire Department was forced to close the event at only 9pm in the evening.

The event, which was supposed to showcase all star DJs including Underworld, Chromeo, Crystal Castles, and more, turned out to be a bust for the 18,000 people attending, geared with El Wires and Glow Sticks.

“The officials deemed the event as dangerous and hazardous after several people began doing several potentially dangerous activities, such as jumping off the balcony. Ticketmaster, Groovetickets, and retail stores that sold Hardfest tickets are all issuing full refunds.” – Hardfest.com

Here are the refund policies from Hardfest.com:

Ticketmaster Online & Phone Sales:
Beginning Monday, August 10th at 10 am, if you purchased your tickets through ticketmaster.com or a Ticketmaster phone center, the credit card you used to purchase the tickets will automatically be credited. If you purchased your ticket through a Ticketmaster outlet, you will need to bring your ticket to the point of purchase to obtain a refund.

Groovetickets Sales:
If you purchased your tickets online through Groovetickets.com, a refund for the total purchase price of your order will be automatically applied to the credit card you used. Please allow up to five business days for the credit to appear on your banking statement.

Retail Stores / Venue Box Office:
(Includes: Acrylick, Blends, Brat, Dita, DJ Culture, Dr Freeclouds, Electric Chair, Grooveriders, GCS, Headstone, Lallure, Mileage, Music Revolution, One World, Poobah, Turntable Lab, Store 13, and Xlarge)
If you purchased your tickets through any of our retail stores, or from the venue box office, you may obtain a refund by mailing your ticket(s) to:

The Forum
3900 West Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90305
Attn: Hard Refund Department

Please include the mailing address where you would like the refund check mailed to as well as an e-mail address. Include the payee’s full name for check payment or full credit card information. Please allow up to 30 days for your refund to be processed.

Hardfest promoters tried all they could to keep this event going, but the authorities had the last say in the matter. Hardfest.com commented on the incident that “While we, the promoters, worked with the authorities to consider other options to continue the concert, ultimately they made the decision based on the safety of the concertgoers. We are happy to report that there were no major injuries.”

Could this be a foreshadowing of what to expect at Hardfest Halloween? Or will the Hard Haunted Mansion redeem the Hardfest Summer event and blow us all out of the water? We’ll have to wait and see.

Hard Summer 2009 Shuts Down!

Hard Summer Canceled!

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