Premier vows to shut down festival
THE NSW Government has vowed to stop Sydney music festival Defqon.1 after two young people died and another two were left fighting for their lives after suspected overdoses.
Around 700 people were treated, including 18 who were hospitalised, during the event at Castlereagh in southwestern Sydney on Saturday.
“I’m absolutely aghast at what’s occurred,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said yester- day. “I don’t want any family to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up to this morning. This is an unsafe event and I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure it never happens again.”
A man, 23, and a woman, 21, collapsed at the festival about 9pm on Saturday and died a short time later in a nearby hospital, police said. A woman, 26, remains in a critical condition while a man, 19, is in inten- sive care. Police said another 18 people were hospitalised while about 700 people sought assistance from medical staff at the festival.
Defqon.1 organisers had warned that the festival had a zero tolerance drug policy.
Police said 10 people were charged with drug supply offences, including two 17-yearold girls who allegedly carried 120 capsules “internally” into the venue.