Man dies at Sydney's Defqon.1

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A 23-year-old man has died at yesterday’s Defqon.1 festival, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The Victorian man was taken to an on-site medical tent just before midday following a suspected drug overdose, where his condition deteriorated and he suffered multiple seizures. Tragically, he was pronounced dead at Sydney’s Nepean Hospital last night.

Of the 18,000 punters who attended the annual hard dance extravaganza, 87 were arrested at the festival and 14 were hospitalised after suffering drug overdoses. Before the festival got underway, Q-dance urged attendees to have a safe Defqon.1 experience. “This festival is produced to give everyone a positive and safe experience,” promoters stated on their website. “Q‐dance maintains a zero tolerance drug policy. There will be a strong police presence at the event”. inthemix has contacted the promoters for comment.

Defqon.1 has been lighting up Sydney for one marathon day each year since 2009, earning glowing reviews from inthemix reporters along the way. While the line-up leads, it’s the scale, no-expense-spared production and attention to detail that keeps pulling punters back. On Saturday, Defqon.1 catered to hard dance fans over seven stages, with the Q-dance staples of hardcore and hardstyle taking over the Red, Blue and Black stages, hard and tech trance at the Orange stage, a diverse selection of local talent at the Purple stage, minimal, techno and psytrance on the Green stage and heavy dubstep at the Magenta stage.

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