Over the Weekend: HARD Music Fest Shut Down by Police, Plus a Pool Party and Downtown Disco

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Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 1:30 AM

To put it simply, our weekend was HARD. On Saturday night, this summer's highly anticipated electronic music festival also turned out to be highly controversial. HARD Summer at the Forum was shut down by Inglewood police who ordered the closure of the rave event after it was "declared a hazard" and over capacity. Fights reportedly broke out, riot police and helicopters arrived on scene, and attendees left angry and disappointed. Some of the rumors in question included: Was security preventing people in the balcony from exiting? Is it really true that Hardfest removes caps from all water bottles? Were the drinking fountains really shut off?

Read on for more of what we did and who we saw...

HARD Pre-Party: Busy P and Sebastian at Discotheque
click to enlarge COLIN YOUNG-WOLFF
  • Colin Young-Wolff
DJs Busy P and Sebastian rocked the dance floor at downtown L.A.'s Discotheque for the HARD Summer pre-party on Friday night. View more photos in Colin Young-Wolff's "Dance Party: Busy P and Sebastian @ Discotheque" slideshow.

Splash! Pool Party at the Standard Hotel Hollywood
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  • Colin Young-Wolff
Forget the traffic-clogged commute to the beach, on Saturday Hollywood's sun-soaked party-goers beat the summer heat at the Standard Hotel on the Sunset Strip with swimming, games, cold drinks and music. It was the only part of our weekend that wasn't HARD. View more photos in Colin Young-Wolff's "Splash! Pool Party @ The Standard Hollywood" slideshow.

HARD Summer: From Party to Riot Police?
click to enlarge TIMOTHY NORRIS
  • Timothy Norris
By midnight on Saturday, the HARD Summer electronic music festival at the Forum was shut down by Inglewood police who ordered the closure of the event after it was "declared a hazard." Read eyewitness accounts of night's events in West Coast Sound and a play-by-play of the events as they unfolded on Twitter (with video footage). View more photos in the "HARD Summer: From Party to Riot Police?" slideshow.

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