One death and several hospitalisations occurred during the weekend at the Lost Paradise music festival in Glenworth Valley, near Gosford, in Australia.
The 22-year-old Brisbane man Joshua Tam was with a group of friends at the event. After he fell ill he was rushed to Gosford Hospital but died soon after. Some others remained in hospital after ingesting an unknown substance and becoming sick at the festival. The festival's police performed a drug dog operation. More than 180 people and 97 vehicles were searched. Drugs were found even into the stuffing of a barbecued chicken.
The Lost Paradise music festival - Australia
Three were charged with drug supply. 50 court attendance notices were issued for drug possession. A 21-year-old man from Drummoyne in Sydney's inner west has been charged after allegedly being found with 105 MDMA pills. He has been charged with supply a prohibited drug, and possess prescribed prohibited substance.The fatality was the first incident of the event's 15-year history. The police issued warning about a dangerous orange pill in circulation. The festival advertises itself as a drug free event that "celebrates life, love and nature in a fun, safe and welcoming environment". An estimated crowd of 11,000 people were attending the festival which features big name performers like The Kooks, Tash Sultana, M.I.A., Joey Bada$$ and Pnau.