In today's Village Voice online I have a Q&A with Hard festival promoter Gary Richards, who's in the Big Apple Saturday for his inaugural party there with Crookers, Major Lazer, Rusko, Jack Beats and himself as DJ Destructo. I asked him about the aftermath of the shutdown of Hard Summer, when 18,000 people were turned away from the Forum in Inglewood by cops in riot gear:
"What we're looking at is a million dollar loss," Richards says. "And it's split in half between me and Bill Silva [Entertainment]. It came close to bankrupting me. I have the money to carry on. I've got myself set up to keep it going. I literally just wrote three thousand refund checks. Everyone's getting them now. I'm upset that event got shut down, but the kids are still willing to come."
Richards also gave me some info about Hard Halloween which happens Oct. 30 and 31 at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. He says the capacity of the Shrine has been upped to 9,000 for each night so that he can match the 18,000 he would have had at the Forum before canceling his plans to hold the event there (see above). The party will have three stages each night. And everyone on the property must have tickets or will be kicked out and possibly arrested for trespassing.
The Los Angeles Times, meanwhile, ponders rumors about Hard Halloween, including one that Daft Punk, which has been spotted around town lately, will make a surprise appearance.
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