Man And Woman Found Dead At Queensland Music Festival
Police are investigating the deaths of two people at the Queensland 'Rabbits Eat Lettuce' music festival but said there are "no suspicious circumstances" surrounding the fatalities.
The festival, described as a "tribal Easter party", was held at the Cherrabah Resort at Elbow Valley, several hours inland from the Gold Coast near the NSW-Queensland border, over the long weekend.
It has been reported that a young man and woman had been found in a tent on Monday.
QLD Police told 10 daily that they were aware of the incident.
"Police are investigating the deaths of two people at a festival in Elbow Valley. However there are no suspicious circumstances," a police spokesperson said.
It is believed the deaths may be drug-related.
In a statement, festival organisers confirmed the deaths and sent condolences to friends and family.
"All of the staff and community at Rabbits Eat Lettuce would like to pass on our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of those who were found deceased," the festival told 10 daily in a statement.
"Our thoughts and concerns are predominately for their wellbeing and privacy during this time. It is truly heartbreaking to lose some beautiful souls that we consider part of our extended family. "
The festival said it had "highly trained first aid, professional paramedics working 24 hours during throughout the festival & an on call doctor onsite"
"In addition QLD Police & QLD Ambulance are on duty in a user pay capacity during the festival. We work together with authorities to ensure that the environment we provide is as safe as possible," organisers said.
"The relevant bodies will be investigating to determine exactly what happened. It is appropriate that we give them the chance to do their work and respect the deceased family’s right to privacy and avoid any speculation."
At almost the moment the deaths came to light in media reporting, the festival posted a photo on Facebook captioned "pure magic".
"It's that boom boom boom that brings us all together, our consciousness aligned to the same rhythm, souls connecting to dance as one," the festival said of its music program on its website.
Rabbits Eat Lettuce was previously held in NSW, but moved to QLD this year after being quoted a large bill from NSW Police to monitor the event.
"The current political state of play in NSW is not conducive to the festival industry and we feel that to ensure we can provide the best event and experience possible moving to QLD for at least the time being is the best decision for all involved," organisers said in February.
The NSW government came under fire in recent months for tough new rules around festival safety, which included sometimes vastly increasing the number of police and emergency services required to be on-site -- and paid for by event organisers in a 'user pays' model.
Several festivals downsized, moved location or cancelled their events entirely, blaming the new regulations.
More to come.