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L.A. Love Festival to be strictly regulated

August 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The 18th annual Los Angeles Love Festival will go forward Saturday despite concerns about safety after the bad publicity brought by the Electric Daisy Carnival last June.A 15-year-old girl died and more than 100 other young people were hospitalized for drug-related illness or injuries from being trampled trying to get out of the crowded Coliseum where 185,000 people were gathered.

Since then, officials have promised to crack down on large-scale gatherings. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors set up a "rave task force" to impose stricter regulations on promoters of such events.

The Coliseum Commission, a joint state, county and city panel that oversees the venue, had imposed a temporary ban on future rave events but did allow three major events that had already been scheduled, including the Love Festival, to go forward with adherence to new regulations. They have mandated that everyone attending must show I.D. proving they are 18 and older. There will also be doctors on site.

The Love Festival will be held at the L.A. Sports Arena. It will be much smaller than the Electric Daisy Festival, with only anout 7,500 people expected to attend.

The festival was started in Los Angeles in 1992 and has since expanded to four other states and nightlife destinations around the world.