Tragedy struck the EDM realm at the weekend when two people were confirmed dead following suspected overdoses. Both had just attended Sydney dance festival Defqon.1 on Saturday.
When news broke of the tragedy on Saturday, police reported that a further thirteen attendees were currently receiving treatment for drug-related issues, while over 700 punters reportedly sought help from medical personnel at Defqon.1.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has now vowed to shut the entire Defqon.1 festival down.
“I never want to see this event held in Sydney or New South Wales ever again — we will do everything we can to shut this down,” she explained in a press conference.
“I understand there were some deaths in the past, but to have at least two on one night when every assurance was given to those attending that it was a safe event,” she continued. “Clearly it wasn’t when so many people have succumbed.”
Premier Gladys Berejiklian firmly stated that pill-testing is not the answer to the issue of drug use at festivals.
“Anyone who advocates pill-testing is giving the green light to drugs. There is no such thing as a safe drug and unfortunately when young people think there is, it has tragic consequences.
“I’m absolutely aghast at what’s occurred [and] I don’t want any family to have to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up to this morning — it’s just horrible to think about.”