In a surprise move, just days before the event is due to take place, HARD Presents has issued a no media policy for HARD Day of the Dead. We have asked around and it looks like no reporters from the media have been approved for press passes.
Reporters who were preparing for a weekend filled with juicy dance music news were stunned to learn of the new blackout policy that was revealed on Monday. HARD events have specifically been scrutinized as of late due to 2 deaths of young girls, aged 18 and 19, at their HARD Summer festival in August. After the tragedy, Los Angeles county officials worked to try and ban large scale music festivals from the county. This prompted HARD organizers to cap capacity at Day of the Dead to 40,000 and only issue tickets to those 21 years old or older.
All HARD events boast lineups filled with the biggest names in dance music and they have become staples within the dance music community. News of a media blackout has not been met well by media professionals and is an interesting move by event organizers. In some ways it looks like they're trying to halt any bad press they might receive if something goes wrong at their upcoming festival. News will indeed get out if anything does happen and we'll be here to report it. Because that's what we do, we report the news, whether it's good or bad.
HARD Presents has not yet commented on this media blackout policy, but we will inform you when more information surfaces. If you are indeed making your way to the festival, check out the set times for HARD Day of the Dead and make sure you soak it all in. But above all else, be safe.