A man and a woman are dead and two others remain in a critical condition following a suspected overdose at the Defqon.1 Festival at Penrith near Sydney on Saturday.
The 23-year old male and 21-year old female collapsed at the Festival at around 9pm. They were rushed to nearby Nepean Hospital.
A 26 year old and 19 year old are in a critical condition and are being treated in intensive care.
Defqon.1 is a hardstyle music festival. It began in The Netherlands in 2003 and was introduced to Australia in 2009.
Statement on behalf of Defqon.1 Australia
In response to the police media statement made this morning, the organisers of Defqon.1 Australia are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of two of their patrons at Nepean Hospital after attending the festival last night and would like to convey their sincerest condolences to their families and friends. Thoughts and prayers are also with the young man and woman who are still in a critical condition.
We are disappointed at the number of reported drug related incidents, we have a zero-tolerance policy in relation to drug use at the festival. 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 currently underway.
As this is a matter with the NSW Police and the coroner and out of respect for the families and friends we are not going to speculate on the cause of death and we will not be making any further statements or comments.