Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…read more
Following 2018 drug deaths Defqon.1 festival now ‘postponed indefinitely’
Almost nine months after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian vowed to "do everything we can to shut this down", the controversial Defqon.1 hardcore dance festival has been "postponed indefinitely".
According to a statement shared on the festival's Facebook page, organisers were unable to secure an alternative location for the event after the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith, where Defqon has been held for the past 10 years, opted out of holding the event – which had been scheduled to take place in September.
The Facebook announcement advised “warriors, it is with great sadness to inform you that Defqon.1 Festival will not return to Australia this year.
"Unfortunately the Sydney International Regatta Centre and its affiliates have withdrawn their support for the event. Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to secure a suitable replacement venue for the event to take place this September."
The statement added organisers of the event, billed as the world's largest ‘harder styles’ festival, would continue to look for an alternative location but implied rescheduling would be unlikely, saying they "remain uncertain if and when" the festival would return.
The statement closed “to our fans, ambassadors, and everyone else that has contributed to the incredible memories we created for the past 10 years: from the depths of our orange heart we would like to thank all of you for your ongoing support, dedication, and for creating the most epic family imaginable.”
The festival was one of 14 classified as "high risk" under the NSW Government's new licensing scheme which came into place in March.
With two fans having died at the event in September 2018 from apparent drug-related causes, Premier Berejiklian vowed to “shut down” the festival, stating at the time “I'm absolutely aghast at what's occurred, I don't want any family to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up to this morning, it's just horrible to think about.
"This is an unsafe event and I'll be doing everything I can to make sure it never happens again.”
In a statement, a spokesman for the NSW Office of Sport, which operates the venue, said it was focused on "hosting sporting events at the Sydney International Regatta Centre this year".
A spokesperson for Liquor and Gaming NSW said the NSW Government was committed to working with musical festival operators and other industry stakeholders to ensure "the right balance is struck between great entertainment and festival safety".
The spokesperson advised “the music festival licence is designed to support operators in ensuring their events are safe and these risks are managed properly.
"Under the licence scheme, organisers have access to expert advice from agencies including NSW Health and NSW Police."
Images: Defqon.1 at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.
30th April 2019 - Pill testing saves lives at ACT’s Groovin the Moo festival
6th March 2019 - NSW music festivals get recognition at Australian Tourism Awards
28th February 2019 - Cancelled Mountain Sounds festival owes Eventbrite almost $900,000
19th September 2018 - NSW Premier announces panel to look into drug issues at music festivals
16th September 2018 - NSW Premier vows to ban Sydney music festival after drug deaths
15th September 2013 - Man dies at Penrith music festival
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
We are Aussie Strength. The ultimate supplier for Commercial Gym Equipment that's built to deliver in the toughest environments. From USA-Built hardcore weight training equipment from Arsenal…read more
SLE Worldwide Australia is a Managing General Underwriter specialising in insuring risks in the world of Sports, Leisure and Entertainment. Be it relaxing, playing, organising or watching sports,…read more
The Calgym/Synergy group has had a long and proud history since 1976 as world leaders in the innovation, design and evolution of commercial strength and conditioning equipment. The Synergy group was…read more
HYPOXI® is one of Europe’s most successful health and weight loss studio concepts. It’s the first weight loss technology to incorporate exercise with advanced vacuum and…read more
The Fitness Generation is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/read more
HTS Group Ltd provides a complete design, system integration, installation and maintenance package to the transportation, traffic engineering, parking and sports timing industries in New Zealand,…read more
Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!