Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Two dead after Defqon.1 music festival

Two dead after Defqon.1 music festival

There are renewed calls for pill testing to be introduced at Australian music festivals, after two people died after attending the Defqon.1 festival in Sydney on Saturday.

Three people who were transported to hospitals are in critical condition, a Jamisontown woman, 26, who is at Nepean hospital, and an Artarmon man, 19, who was flown to Westmead hospital and is in intensive care.

There have been two other deaths at the festival in recent years. A third person, age unknown, was taken to Liverpool Hospital and is also in a critical condition, 9News reports.

Derfqon.1 bills itself as the "world's largest harder styles" dance festival and advertises a zero-tolerance approach to drugs.

Politicians vowed to ban the festival, pointing to similar tragedies in previous years.

"I'm absolutely aghast at what has occurred".

"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.

"Illicit drugs are illicit".

Police are awaiting the results of toxicology tests undertaken by the Department of Health and would not comment on what drugs may have caused the suspected overdoses.

Police Minister Troy Grant says the coalition "is not going to use taxpayers' money to put some sort of quality control measure (in place) for drug producers and suppliers".

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Acting assistant commissioner Allan Sicard said on Sunday more than 180 police including 20 detectives worked throughout the festival.

Among them were two teenage girls.

All three men have been refused bail to Parramatta Bail Court today.

A range of party drugs, including MDMA, Cocaine, and Ecstasy, were seized from 69 people at the festival.

Festival organisers expressed their condolences for the victims' families this morning.

"What we can't do is be in people's heads, be in people's decision-making processes when they decide to take illicit drugs", he said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are also with the young man and woman who are still in a critical condition". They tell patrons that anyone found with drugs will be handed over to police.

'We are disappointed at the number of reported drug-related incidents.

Festival organisers are working closely and cooperating with the authorities regarding the fatalities and the number of medical presentations made during the evening, a full investigation is now underway, the statement continued. 1 said in a statement published by The Sydney Morning Herald.

Police formed Strike Force Highworth to investigate the deaths and police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

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