Dance music is having a rough trot this week. First Instagram banned the #EDM hashtag for apparently violating nudity guidelines, and now Government officials in Los Angeles are reportedly considering outlawing dance music festivals altogether.
Somewhere Darude is weeping inconsolably into a bed of glowsticks.
As NME reports, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has held crisis talks following the unfortunate death of two revellers at the city’s Hard Summer festival over the weekend.
Drug use is suspected in both cases, and the board is moving to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.
“I am deeply troubled by the fact that this is the third such death to happen in my district in the last year and a half — no one should have to lose their life while attending a public concert,” board member Hilda Solis told The LA Times.
“As we move forward, more measures need to be considered to create a safe environment for all patrons and a zero tolerance for illicit drugs,” she said.
The board has since passed a vote to explore a “possible temporary ban on major music festivals on county property” and “examine security and safety measures used at such festivals”.
And, as Your EDM points out, it wouldn’t be the first time that LA County has taken some seriously drastic steps to curb music festival OD’s.
In 2010, a 15-year-old girl died of a suspected drug overdose at Electric Daisy Carnival when it was still being held in LA. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back, and the event was turfed and forced to move to Vegas.
A decision on the ban is expected to be made within two weeks.
Shout out to all our Stereo bros, best be behaving yourselves this year, especially you Sydneysiders.
Because ya can bet ya Bintangs that the nanny state is probably already looking at LA and nodding in Rex Banner-like approval.
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