Even Cops Hate EDM: New LA Taskforce Seeks To Shut Festivals Down

This past Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion to implement a task force that will investigate and enforce safety surrounding EDM (electronic dance music) festivals.

The task-force will form it’s own safety super-group, including members from the sheriff’s department, fire department, health services, and public health. Despite concerns from festival-goers (and desperate hope from neighbors), the purpose of the task-force is not to shut down the festivals completely, but rather to enforce stricter rules and measurements of safety so they aren’t forced to permanently shut down. SO CLOSE!

L.A. county supervisor Hilda Solis said: “I want to emphasize that our efforts around this motion, above all, are about the health and safety of those attending these events. No lives should be lost while attending any music event.”

In the case of these increased safety measures not improving the safety of the festivals (or the personalities of the DJs), the task-force is already investigating whether shutting down these fests would violate First Amendment rights.

To which I would conclude: no lives should be lost, and no First Amendment rights should be violated, but our country’s youth culture hellscape might benefit from a slowing of the ear-deafening spread of EDM!

[Rolling Stone]