New South Wales Police Minister Troy Grant has warned organisers that the government is considering closing festivals that don’t meet duty of care requirements.
His comments came after a 23-year-old woman was in a critical condition after an alleged MDMA overdose at Field Day in Sydney on New Year’s Day and two died at the Adelaide and Sydney Stereosonic electronic music festival last month.
Kim Moyes of Sydney dance music veterans the Presets said “Threatening to shut down NSW music festivals and blaming the organisers for the choices of the attendees? Nuts,” he posted on Facebook.
“Tragically, 10 people have been killed on NSW roads between December 20 and January 2, which has been reported as a ‘good result’ in relation to the previous year’s road death tolls.
“I don’t want to trivialise their deaths but no government is threatening to shut down transport,” said Moyes.