Lost Paradise Festival: One Dead, Two Hospitalised After Taking 'Unknown Substance'
A man has died and two others have been rushed to hospital after taking an unknown substance at a music festival near Gosford.
The 22-year-old Queensland man was rushed to Gosford Hospital around 8pm on Saturday after attending the Lost Paradise music festival, west of Gosford, but died a short time later.
Two other people, a man and woman, are in hospital but in a stable condition after ingesting an unknown substance and becoming sick.
The festival, where an estimated crowd of 11,000 attended, began on Friday December 28 and is set to continue until January 1, 2019.
Police conducted searches at the festival on almost 200 people and nearly a hundred cars, issuing court attendance notices to 50 people. Seven people were given cannabis cautions.
Three people were also charged with supplying drugs, including a 21-year-old man who was found with 105 MDMA pills and a 23-year-old, found with 80 MDMA pulls and 65 bags of cocaine.
A 23-year-old man from Glendale was also found with 26 MDMA pills and is due to appear on court on February 5.
It comes just months after two young people died at Defqon music festival, prompting widespread public outrage, including a call from the NSW Premier to shut down the festival.
Just two days ago, police announced plans to clamp down on drugs and alcohol, and unleash sniffer dogs at New Year's festival Beyond the Valley.