The Guardian festival blog: Music festivals will have to be licensed in NSW following drug deaths | Australia news

Music festivals will have to be licensed in New South Wales under new regulations following a string of tragedies.

Five people have now died after attending music festivals, including 23-year-old Joseph Pham and 21-year-old Diana Nguyen, who both died of suspected drug overdoses after attending the Defqon.1 festival in September.

Following this festival an expert panel was convened to advise the government on how to keep people safe at music festivals.

Based on the recommendation from the panel, from March organisers will have to apply for a specific liquor licence, similar to those for pubs and clubs, for each music festival they hold which is targeted to the risks of the event.

Each application will need to be approved by a panel of experts, envisaged to include NSW Health, NSW Police, NSW Ambulance and Liquor and Gaming NSW, before a licence can be issued.

“Festival organisers will need to ensure their events meet high…


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