Defqon.1 Festival is an annual music festival held in the Netherlands and Australia. It was founded in 2003 by festival organizer Q-dance. The festival plays mostly hardstyle and related genres such as hardcore techno, jumpstyle and hard trance. Many prominent hardstyle and dubstyle artists perform there annually.
As of 2010, the audience has grown to 40,000 (for the Dutch event), with tickets selling out after 39 minutes.
As of a few hours ago reports are coming saying that a 23 year old man from Victoria has died of a suspected drug overdose. Around midday he was taken to the on site medical tent where he had multiple seizures. From there he was transported to the hospital where he died after multiple cardiac arrests.
14 other people from the festival were taken to the hospital under what are mainly OD’s. None of those were fatal, fortunately.
87 arrests were made for drug possession and some for distribution. These arrests were made using a drug dog operation.
Penrith LAC Detective Inspector Grant Healey said it was unknown what drug the deceased man – or the 14 others who were hospitalised – overdosed on yet.
“There were such a vast variety of drugs at the festival yesterday we can’t link them,” he said.
“We saw things that were reported as magic mushrooms, cannabis, amphetamines, cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, GHB – this is what people were saying it was.
“At the moment police are waiting for the results from the post mortem and toxicology before we say too much more about it.”
He said multiple “pills” believed to be ecstasy were the most likely responsible for yesterday’s death.
“The problem with pills is you never know what you are getting and you are really taking a lottery with your life,” Det Insp Healey said.
“If you think you are buying a particular pill there’s no quality control and you’re getting whatever the cook makes.
“The music festivals themselves aren’t the problem, the problem is adults attending those festivals making poor choices about their lifestyle and taking drugs that they don’t know what’s in them.”
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said the tragedy was further proof that people are “dead wrong” to use the term ‘recreational drugs’.
Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of the person who died. This situation seems all too familiar.