Sydney’s Field Day Festival has long been one of the most popular musical events on the city’s calendar. The event, usually dominated by young, EDM-loving Sydneysiders, also has a reputation for being one of the most drug infused concert experiences. This year, the NSW Police have notified news outlets that a record number of drug users were arrested on the way into the event.
The festival, held on New Year’s Day in Sydney’s Domain, is a genuinely big event, drawing tens of thousands of youths into the city centre. But this year, a record number of participants were greeted at the gates by the ‘boys in blue’. In total, two hundred and fourteen people were arrested for possessing a range of drugs as diverse as ecstasy, cocaine, LSD and meth.
Within fifteen minutes of the gates opening, NSW Police had intercepted six partygoers allegedly in possession of controlled substances. Sniffer dogs and specialist officers were deployed in order to enforce tight drug laws. But law enforcement officials were quick to note that they were not please with the turn of events. Chief Inspector Stuart Bell spoke to the ABC about the obvious concerns associated with that kind of behaviour. “The drug dog operation this year resulted in the most arrests police have made during the history of the festival, which is extremely concerning and shows that some attendees are still not getting the message.”
Police officials also indicated that several revellers had been intercepted while carrying large amounts of proscribed drugs (seventy five and forty ecstasy tablets, respectively). Almost ninety more people were evicted from the event for public drunkenness and hundreds more were treated by festival paramedics. But for the rest of the twenty five thousand attendants, it was smooth sailing.
This year’s Field Day lineup featured artists such as alt-J, Bastille, RÜFÜS and classic US hip hop trio Salt-N-Pepa.
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