A Man Has Died At Lost Paradise Music Festival

Lost Paradise Music Festival
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A 22-year-old Queensland man has died and two people are being treated after taking an unknown substance at Lost Paradise Music Festival.

He was taken to Gosford Hospital about 8pm last night but died a short time later. Two other people, a man and a woman, remain in hospital being treated after ingesting an unknown substance and becoming sick after.

A festival has issued a statement saying "This is a very distressing incident and our sincerest thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the deceased. She added the festival was a strictly drug-free event that "celebrated life, love and nature in a fun, safe and welcoming environment.

"This year, we have also engaged DanceWize NSW, a NUAA program that is funded by the NSW Ministry of Health to educate people on the implications of drug use, and offer peer support and health resources."

A police statement reported 184 people and 97 vehicles had been searched during the police drug dog operation so far, with 50 people issued with Field Court Attendance Notices for drug possession. Seven cannabis cautions have been issued.

"Three people have been charged with drug supply offences so far. One 21-year-old man from Drummoyne has been charged after allegedly being found with 105 MDMA pills. Another 23-year-old man from Elanora Heights was allegedly caught with 80 MDMA pills and 65 bags of cocaine.

The festival – 'one part boutique, one part doof' – kicked off on Friday and wraps on New Year's Day. Now in its fifth year, the 2018/19  event features english acts The Kooks, MIA, US rapper Joey Bada$$ and a raft of aussie rock and electronic acts.

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