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The temporary closure of Los Angeles State Historic Park for renovations has thrown the L.A. festival season for a bit of a loop. Now we're starting to see where displaced local shows are setting up for the year.

Hard Summer, the annual EDM blowout that usually takes over the park north of Chinatown for a weekend, will move this year to the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, about 15 freeway minutes east of downtown L.A.

The 100-acre park will sport five stages and 75 acts, with all the usual future-psychedelic Hard installation art. 

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Hard has not announced its lineup yet -- last year's headliners included Knife Party, Duck Sauce, Dog Blood and Zedd -- but it has set dates for this year's summer festival -- Aug. 2-3. Last year's edition drew 70,000 fans over two days. 

Advance tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. Rave fans will miss the urban-pastoral vibes of dancing within feet of the passing Gold Line trains, but a spruced up Chinatown park next year should more than make up for the wait. 


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