Stereosonic has been marred by a tragic incident on the first date of the national Australian tour. A woman has died after becoming seriously ill at the festival yesterday at Sydney Olympic Park.
It is believed that the woman had taken an ecstasy tablet but also may have mixed it with MDMA in a water bottle.
The 25-year-old pharmacist, from Oyster Bay, was rushed to Concord Hospital where she later died. Police are investigating whether the drugs the woman took were manufactured locally by people she knew.
Another woman, a 22 year old believed to be from the UK, was taken to Westmead hospital in a critical condition and placed in an induced coma. She is now out of the woods but still in a serious condition.
Stereosonic Sydney was attended by over 48,000 people and paramedics treated more than 120 people who were affected by drugs, with nine people being taken to hospital.
The commander of the police operation, Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli said that the police were alarmed and disappointed by the behaviour of festival goers, of whom 69 were charged with drug possession and supply.
With yet another senseless death occurring at a dance music event, the need for alternative harm minimisation tactics such as drug testing available on site without legal repercussions is as evident as ever. However, Australian law enforcement remains hardline on the issue.
“People have to be protected from themselves,” said commissioner Mennilli.
“The police operation is about minimising harm and providing a safe and secure environment for revellers to have a good time,” he said.
The organisers of Stereosonic have expressed their condolences in a post on Facebook.