SoCal electronic music festival HARD Summer will face even more scrutiny than ever in light of recent developments. Three individuals who attended the two-day event have reportedly died.
Captain Horace Boatwright of the Fontana Sheriff's Station told the Fontana Herald News that one man and two women died, but that the causes of death will not be determined until the coroner issues a report. Two of the attendees died on Saturday and one on Sunday - one of whom is presumably Alyssa Kaiulani, whose death has been rumored on social media.
HARD Summer, which is the brainchild of SoCal rave promoter Gary Richards, has taken place annually since 2007. The deaths of two attendees resulting from last year's edition forced the festival's organizers to relocate from the Fairplex in Pomona to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California in 2016. In addition, another HARD event at the Fairplex was cancelled, and additional restrictions were imposed on last year's edition of HARD Day of the Dead following the fatalities.
Of the 146,000 HARD Summer attendees, Captain Boatwright reported that nine had been transported to medical facilities. In addition, a total of 325 arrests had been made, mostly for public intoxication.
This year's increased death toll certainly won't bode well for HARD, but whether or not it results in the festival's ultimate cancellation remains to be seen. Magnetic Magazine will provide updates to this breaking story as the county coroner provides names and/or causes of death for the three HARD Summer attendees.