[NEW UPDATE: Most likely reason for cancellation: low ticket sales.]

[New UPDATE: See update re: M.I.A., Rye Rye, and Sleigh Bells.]

[UPDATE: HARD fest publicists are confirming that M.I.A. will not be playing the August 7th date.]

The publicists for next weekend's HARD LA festival have released the following statement:

Due to events beyond our control, HARD LA M.I.A. July 17 has been cancelled.

Thanks to the continued support of City of Los Angeles, LAPD, LAFD, and California State Parks HARD SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL at the Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 7th 2010 featuring Soulwax, Crystal Castles, Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, Diplo, Digitalism and more will continue as scheduled.

Tickets for HARD LA M.I.A. are automatically valid for the HARD SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL. HARD will offer refund instructions July 13th via HARDFEST.com

HARD NYC M.I.A. in New York July 24 at Governors Island is on as scheduled.

[Read more at LA Weekly news blog The Informer.]

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