Two dead at Queensland music festival

Lawrence Kim
April 24, 2019

A young man and a woman have been found dead inside a tent at a music festival near the Queensland-New South Wales border. Paramedics were called promptly after the discovery.

Police yesterday said early investigations suggested the deaths were not suspicious, but an official cause was yet to be determined and a report would be prepared for the coroner.

The deaths follow a recent public outcry over widespread safety concerns by those in favor of better drug testing at Australian music festivals after a series of fatalities took place previous year.

Meanwhile, festival organisers shared a statement to their Facebook page.

In a statement, the festival's organisers passed on their condolences to the pair's family and friends.

'Our thoughts and concerns are predominately for their wellbeing and privacy during this time.

The Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival is described on its website as "tribal Easter festival" and "a place of Freedom, Love & Dance Music". "The relevant authorities will be investigating to determine exactly what happened. It is appropriate that we give them the chance to do their work and respect the deceased family's right to privacy and avoid any speculation".

A spokesman for QLD ambulance said they were called to the scene about 9.55am to assess two people, but were unable to comment further.

On the festival's website, it asks festival-goers to "come and camp in a lovely natural environment and form a community of like-minded souls".

Aside from music, Rabbits Eat Lettuce also had events as wide-ranging as body painting, cacao heart ceremony, chakra dance, chakra yoga, workshops on produce electro-music and authentic relations, and a series of talks including the evolution of consciousness.

Several festivals downsized, moved location or cancelled their events entirely, blaming the new regulations. While the court ruled in their favour and said the event had the all-clear, organisers were set to face a $105,000 bill for event policing, which had a 3000-person capacity.

"Overall Queensland seems to be pretty supportive of the festival industry", organiser Erik Lamir said.

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