EDM under attack as Los Angeles considers outlawing dance festivals and Instagram bans hashtag

Two teenagers died from suspected drug overdoses at LA's Hard Summer festival over the weekend

Government officials in Los Angeles are reportedly considering outlawing dance music festivals held on state-owned land following recent drug-related deaths at similar events.

Two teenagers died at Hard Summer festival in Los Angeles over the weekend with drug use suspected in both deaths. The LA Times now reports that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have held talks following the incident with a view to ensuring this does not happen again.

“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,” said board member Hilda Solis.

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Hard Summer is traditionally held on land leased from the county meaning that it would be forced to move locations if the ban came into place.

The proposal, as well as other safety procedures, have been presented to the Board of Supervisors, with approval to be considered in two weeks.

Additionally, Instagram has banned the #EDM hashtag from being used on photos shared on its platform.

The company’s spokesperson Gabe Madway told Time that the hashtag was being “used to share content that violates our guidelines around nudity”.

Madway explained that Instagram is working on ways to restore hashtags that have previously been blocked should they no longer violate guidelines, and also ways to better communicate its hashtag policies. The company received criticism last month when they blocked the hashtag #curvy with users upset that a body-positive term was unavailable to them. Instagram promptly unblocked the term.