For the second successive year, a pill-testing trial took place at the Canberra leg of Groovin the Moo. Festival organisers have heralded the controversial trial  “overwhelmingly successful.”

SBS has reported that over 230 punters used the pill-testing service. Several of the substances tested showed traces of n-ethylpentylone, a potentially fatal drug. It has been reported that all those who were told that their drugs contained n-ethylpentylone dumped the drugs in amnesty bins provided by the pill-testing service.

171 substances were tested during this years trial, doubling the 85 substances that were tested last year; these included MDMA, cocaine, ketamine and methamphetamines.

“We helped reduce drug-related harm by giving young people access to a medical service they would not have had otherwise,” shared Gino Vambuca from Pill Testing Australia. “The pilot was again overwhelmingly successful by any measure but particularly by doing everything possible to keep our kids safe.”

“The simple truth is that it is time to take practical evidence-based steps to make parties and festivals safer for our kids.”

The ACT is currently the only state in Australia to allow pill testing.

Check out the remaining Groovin the Moo dates below.

Groovin the Moo
2019

Saturday, 4th May
Prince of Wales Showground, Bendigo
SOLD OUT

Sunday, 5th May
Murray Sports Complex, Townsville
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 11th May
Hay Park, Bunbury
Tickets: Official Website

Groovin the Moo 2019 Lineup

A$AP Twelvyy (USA)
Angie McMahon
Aurora (Norway)
Billie Eilish (USA)
Carmouflage Rose
Coolio (USA)
Crooked Colours
DMA’S
Duckwrth (USA)
Fisher
Flosstradamus (USA)
G Flip
Haiku Hands
Hermitude
Hilltop Hoods
Holy Holy
Jack River
Jimothy (UK)
Just A Gent
MØ (Denmark)
Nick Murphy
Nicole Millar
Regurgitator
Rejjie Snow (Ireland)
Sofi Tukker (USA)
Spinderella (USA)
Thelma Plum
Trophy Eyes
Wafia