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#Music Festivals

Music

Music

'Throw-Away Culture': Festivalgoers Would Rather Ditch Their Tents Than Carry Them

5 min read

Australian music festivals are begging their fans to do better, with startling figures showing festivalgoers think it's fine to leave rubbish and even their tents behind when they go home.

Music

Music

New York Music Festival Evacuated After Wild Downpour

2 min read

Festivalgoers have been forced to flee Randall Island after wild weather interrupted The Governor's Ball.

News

News

Defqon Festival Cancelled 'Indefinitely' After Venue Pulls Support

2 min read

Controversial music festival Defqon has cancelled its 2019 event and is uncertain "if and when" the event will ever return.

National

National

Man Missing From QLD Music Festival Found Alive Two Weeks Later

1 min read

A man who went missing from a Queensland music festival over the Easter long weekend has been located safe and well.

National

National

Man Reported Missing From Queensland Festival Where Two People Died

2 min read

The search continues for a 37-year-old man who wandered away from Queensland's Rabbits Eat Lettuce dance festival, where two people died this week.

National

National

Community Mourns The Two People Found Dead At Music Festival

1 min read

The two people who died at Queensland's Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival have been named as Ebony Greening and Dassarn Tarbutt and outpourings of grief from have been posted on social media.

National

National

Two More Festival Deaths Show Inquest Is Needed 'ASAP': Coroner

2 min read

The NSW Deputy Coroner says another two suspected drug overdoses in Queensland over the weekend underline the importance of investigating deaths at music festivals.

Breaking

Breaking

Man And Woman Found Dead At Queensland Music Festival

3 min read

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.

Style

Style

The Best-On-Ground Coachella Hair Was Done In Shades Of Pastel

1 min read

Braids and pastels were all the rage in the crowds on weekend one of the Coachella festival.

Views

Views

Why Splendour In The Grass Should Be Your Next Family Holiday

3 min read

Three-year-olds love mosh pits. At their eye-line, it’s not a sea of bobbing heads, it’s a forest of legs to play catch in. This is a lesson you learn when you take your family on vacation to Splendour In The Grass.

Music

Music

The Splendour In The Grass 2019 Lineup Is Here, And Oh Yes

1 min read

Get excited, because this year's lineup is an absolute cracker!

Music

Music

Kanye West To Bless Coachella With His Sunday Service

1 min read

Kanye's gospel-inspired performances will be heading to Coachella.

Music

Music

DJ Famous For Wearing Marshmellow On His Head Calls KFC-Sponsored DJ 'Lame'

1 min read

The Ultra Music Festival in Miami is being slammed as the sequel to the Fyre Festival, and one specific headliner has caused quite a stir.

Music

Music

Chaotic Music Festival In Miami Has Been Crowned 'Fyre Fest 2'

2 min read

The highly-anticipated sequel to Fyre Festival has arrived.

James Norman

James Norman

Why Melbourne Is The Only City In Australia I Would Live In

4 min read

It's only been four short months since the Victoria state election, but the results from last weekend's NSW election make the two states seem worlds apart.

Comedy

Comedy

Janet Jackson Edits Posters To Give Herself Top Billing

1 min read

Janet sings, dances and photoshops.

Music

Music

This Is What It's Like To Attend Concerts With A Disability

3 min read

Marlena Katene may have been born with cerebral palsy, but that's probably the least interesting thing about the music journalist, disability advocate, business owner and base jumper.

Matt Noffs

Matt Noffs

After A Deadly Summer Of Music Festivals, There's Only One Thing To Do

3 min read

The summer of 2018-19 has been one of our most lethal.

National

National

Mates Try To Scatter Friend's Ashes At Concert -- Get It Very Wrong

1 min read

It was meant to be a solemn occasion paying tribute to a friend, but it left a festival-goer laughing as two men got the details of the planned scattering of their friend's ashes incredibly wrong.

National

National

Music Industry Rallies Against Government With White Noise And Static

3 min read

Australia's music scene is standing against the NSW government's crackdown on festivals with a novel strategy -- static.

Music

Music

Download Festival A Success Despite 'Excessive Police Presence'

2 min read

Event organisers praised attendees of Melbourne and Sydney's Download Festival for their "respectful behaviour".

National

National

Red Hot Chili Peppers Slam 'Stupid' NSW Government During Concert

2 min read

Rock legends the Red Hot Chili Peppers have popped their names on a long and growing list of musicians to call out the NSW Government's new music festival policies.

National

National

Australia's Biggest SoberMusic Festival Wants You To Cop A 'Natural High'

3 min read

Following a spate of drug-related deaths at NSW music festivals and a subsequent firestorm of debate about government policy, one event is trying to redefine the party scene from the inside out.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

A Town Sold A Family's Beloved Pug On eBay To Pay Off Debts

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Friday.

Crime

Crime

'It’s Coloured Pills That Kill': Accused Drug Dealer Wants Pill Testing

2 min read

A man accused of dealing drugs at music festivals has sensationally blamed the government for lethal pills.

News

News

Huge 11-Metre Whale Found In The Amazon Jungle

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

Crime

Crime

Two Women Charged With Supplying Drugs At Secret Garden Music Festival

2 min read

Ten people are due to face court on drug charges following a police operation at day one of the Secret Garden music festival in south-west Sydney.

Updated

Updated

Every Music Festival Where A Death Occurred This Summer Has Been Deemed 'High Risk'

4 min read

Every single music festival where a young person died of a suspected drug overdose this past summer has been deemed 'high risk' by the NSW government.

National

National

'Face The Music Gladys': Thousands Rally To Change Government's Tune On Festivals

4 min read

Thousands of revellers gathered in Sydney to protest the NSW Government's live music regulations, insistent the incoming restrictions are another nail in the coffin of the live music industry.

National

National

NSW Cops At Scene Of Premier 'Poo Protest'

1 min read

NSW Police are monitoring Premier Gladys Berejiklian's electorate office after thousands of social media users committed to defecate on the doorstep in response to her government's stance on pill testing.

Music

Music

Aussie Music Stars Rally To Tell Government 'Don't Kill Live Music'

3 min read

If it were a festival lineup, it'd sell out quick.

National

National

Police Slid Into Event Attendees DMs Over Satirical Event

3 min read

Nearly 14,000 people have RSVPed to a Facebook event called 'Leave a poo at Gladys Berejiklian’s doorstep' -- and NSW Police are interested.

Politics

Politics

'Potential To Save Lives': ACT Approves Pill Testing Trial At Music Festival

2 min read

A pill testing trial has been approved at Canberra's Groovin The Moo music festival, with the ACT government saying it had a "responsibility" to explore the measure.

Crime

Crime

Drug Dogs Are Sniffing Out The Wrong Crims: Study

3 min read

More evidence has shown drug dog programs fail in what they set out to achieve, with suppliers slipping through the nets that pick up low-level drug users and marijuana smokers.

Politics

Politics

Music Festivals Call On Government To Halt 'Rushed' New Laws

2 min read

Australian music heavyweights have called on the NSW government to halt its "rushed" plans to tighten restrictions on music festivals and events.

National

National

'Just Like The Lockout Laws': Aussie Music Industry Gears Up To Fight NSW Government

2 min read

Australian music industry heavyweights are fighting back at what they call the NSW government's "war on festivals".

Politics

Politics

Music Festivals Slam 'Disgusting' Regulations As Campaign Brews To Fight New Laws

4 min read

A veteran festival promoter has labelled the NSW government "cowardly", as an industry-wide campaign launches to fight proposed tightened restrictions on music events.

Politics

Politics

Peking Duk, Festival Owners Slam Government Over 'Killing' Music And Events

4 min read

The NSW government has been blasted in an excoriating message from Aussie music heavyweights Peking Duk, as the country's entertainment industry mounts a fight against "extortionate" regulations on festivals and events.

National

National

Music Festival Cancelled After Organisers 'Blindsided' By $200,000 NSW Cop Bill

3 min read

A boutique Central Coast music festival has been forced to cancel one week out from the event, citing an unexpected $200,000 bill imposed on it by the New South Wales government.

Music

Music

Here's Everyone Playing At Hidden Festival 2019

1 min read

*Throws debit card at screen*

Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker

As Festival Deaths Climb, How Do I Talk To My Teenagers About Drugs?

6 min read

I have no idea how to be a parent.

Gary Nunn

Gary Nunn

Why Sydney Is Becoming The Most Boring City In The World

6 min read

I want my city back.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Woman Kicked Off Flight For Rant About Sitting Between 'Two Big Pigs'

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

Crime

Crime

Festival Drug Crackdown: Seventeen Year Old Busted With 600 Pills

2 min read

An underaged drug dealer has been caught trying to smuggle large amounts of MDMA into a Sydney music festival. 

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Popstar Apologises For Nazi Swastika T-Shirt

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

Crime

Crime

On-The-Spot Fines For Drug Possession Are Now In Effect

1 min read

On-the-spot fines for drug possession instead of court notices set to revolutionise the system.

Crime

Crime

Not A Dealer: 80 MDMA Tablets Just For Me And Close Friends, Festival-Goer Claims

1 min read

As he tried to enter the Lost Paradise festival in late December, Mark Burns was stopped by police. On him, they found six bags of cocaine and 80 MDMA tablets.

National

National

Meet The Machine That Gives The DNA Of A Pill Right Down To The Type Of Paint

5 min read

In a crowded room in Sydney, pill testing advocates unveiled the machine used to analyse drugs, and explained patiently how their process would work to stop overdoses and save lives.

National

National

Premier Says Free Water And 'Chill-Out Zones', Not Pill Testing, Will Keep Festivals Safe

4 min read

Pill testing is not the answer, and instead festivals should give out more free water to help drug-affected people, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian claimed.

Music

Music

The 5 Acts That'll Go Off At Laneway Festival 2019

3 min read

It's that time of year again!

Crime

Crime

Coroner's Inquest To Investigate Music Festival Drug Deaths

2 min read

The NSW coroner will hold an inquest into a spate of drug-related deaths at music festivals this summer, as calls grow for the government to approve a pill testing trial.

Matt Noffs & Shelley Smith

Matt Noffs & Shelley Smith

You're Not Protecting Young Lives If You Look The Other Way On Pill Testing

4 min read

We have now lost five young people in less than five months.

Exclusive

Exclusive

Devastated Family Of Teen Who Died After FOMO Festival Begs Premier For Pill Testing

5 min read

"Premier, please. Can we have this pill testing done?"

Style

Style

Why Did Everyone Wear The Same Shirt To FOMO Festival?

1 min read

A $29 blue-and-yellow striped men’s shirt from Cotton On seems to be the uniform of choice for festivals this year.

Movies

Movies

The Fyre Festival Documentary Is Out Next Week And It Looks Absolutely Wild

1 min read

Get your plastic cheese sandwiches ready for the premiere of 'FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened'.

Jarryd Bartle

Jarryd Bartle

We Can Lecture Kids About Bad Decisions, But Only If We Keep Them Alive

4 min read

Why do young people take drugs, despite the risk to their health?

Music

Music

Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino To Headline Coachella

1 min read

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival lineup is here, and there are some huge names on the bill.

National

National

Here Are Just Some Of The Experts Who Back Pill Testing

4 min read

While still stubbornly opposing pill testing at festivals, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian appears to have extended the invitation to experts to prove her wrong.

National

National

Man Dies After Suspected Drug Overdose At Beyond The Valley Festival

1 min read

A 20-year-old man has died in hospital after suffering a suspected drug overdose at a music festival east of Melbourne.

National

National

'This Doesn't Need To Be The Summer Of Festival Deaths': Pleas For Drug Reform

4 min read

A family is mourning the death of their 22-year-old son from a suspected drug overdose at a music festival, as debate returns to pill testing.

National

National

Warning Issued Over 'Extremely Dangerous Orange Pill'

1 min read

A festival held across Victoria, Tasmania, NSW and WA has alerted party-goers to a mysterious drug currently in circulation around the country.

News

News

Lost Paradise Festival Death: How The Drugs Are Getting In

1 min read

Roast chickens and secret compartments in Vegemite jars, these are some of the shocking lengths party-goers are taking to sneak drugs into Lost Paradise.

National

National

One Man Dead After Taking 'Unknown Substance' At Music Festival

1 min read

A man has died and two others have been rushed to hospital after taking an unknown substance at a music festival near Gosford.

Music

Music

Woodstock Is Making A Groovy Return In 2019

3 min read

If you missed the iconic music festival back in 1969 -- next year is your big chance to soak up some psychedelic sounds.

Music

Music

The Used's Bert McCracken Opens Up About Getting Sober

4 min read

Since The Used's inception way back in 2001, the band has been an unstoppable force in music.

Music

Music

Diversity In Music Is Improving, But There's A Long Way To Go

5 min read

We hit up Good Things music festival to chat to artists about their thoughts on this hot-button issue.

David Caldicott

David Caldicott

Opposing Pill Testing Is The ‘Climate Change Denial’ Of Drugs Policy

5 min read

Another death at a NSW Festival, and again, talk turns to pill testing.

National

National

Sydney Teen Dies At Festival After 'Silly, Stupid Mistake'

2 min read

The grandmother of a Sydney teen who overdosed at a musical festival on the weekend says drug dealers are “worse than terrorists”.

Matt Noffs & Shelley Smith

Matt Noffs & Shelley Smith

There's Only One Rational Response To The Death At Knockout Games Of Destiny

3 min read

Less than three months after two young people died at Defqon.1 festival, we’ve seen another terrible event.

Politics

Politics

Labor Proposes Crack Down On Ticket Scalping To Protect Fans, Music and Sport

4 min read

The rush to buy a ticket for a music or sport event can be stressful.

Music

Music

Corona SunSets Music Festival Will Ditch Single-Use Plastic

2 min read

Corona SunSets Festival kicks off at Wollongong’s North Beach this weekend, and they'll be banning single-use plastic items.

Music

Music

The Rolling Loud Hip-Hop Festival Is Coming To Australia

1 min read

Get your debit cards ready, hip-hop heads.

Crime

Crime

80 Percent Of Defqon Festival Searches Found No Drugs

3 min read

Nearly 200 police worked at the Defqon music festival in September, an arrangement the Greens have called a "harmful waste of resources".

News

News

Tough New Laws For Drug Dealers Responsible For Music Festival Deaths

3 min read

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said a new offence of drug supply causing death will be created, following "expert" panel recommendations.

Music

Music

Get Out The Body Glitter For The Biggest '90s Party Ever

1 min read

Reader, it's time to whip out your platform sneakers, your butterfly clips and your hair mascara, because literally every iconic late '90s band are coming down under next year.

Music

Music

Nicki Minaj Set To Headline FOMO Festival 2019

1 min read

The mammoth lineup also includes Rae Sremmurd, Lil Pump and more.

Music

Music

Lorde Handles Splendour Wardrobe Malfunction Like A True Pro

2 min read

"I wanna show you something crazy that has just happened to me."

Life

Life

Top Tips For A Beaut Time At Splendour In The Grass

2 min read

"Gumboots or death."

Music

Music

Aussie Band Sticky Fingers Removed From This That Lineup

3 min read

The festival has faced backlash online after announcing the controversial band as part of their lineup.

Entertainment

Entertainment

Woman Gets Head Stuck In Exhaust Pipe At A Music Festival

1 min read

She brings new meaning to the term ‘rev-head’.

National

National

Potential Class Action Lawsuit Following Sniffer Dog Operation

2 min read

Five people were still denied entry to Above and Beyond in Sydney on the weekend, despite not carrying drugs.

10 News First

10 News First

Five Refused Entry At Music Festival Weren’t Carrying Drugs

2 min read

The Greens say now that the police have carried out their threat, they plan to fight the policy in court again.

National

National

Sniffer Dog Operation To Go Ahead As Greens Court Injunction Fails

3 min read

"The ball is in the NSW Police's court now."

Crime

Crime

Greens Take Police To Court Over Sniffer Dog Plan

2 min read

Police plan to deny entry to anyone targeted by sniffer dogs at Above and Beyond in Sydney, even if a search finds no drugs on them.

National

National

New Police Sniffer Dog Policy At Music Events May Not Be Legal

4 min read

"Welcome to New South Wales, where being young in public is now a criminal offence."