State Government set to ban Defqon.1 music festival

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Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres

The Defqon.1 music festival will be looking for a new Australian home with confirmation this morning that the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith will not host the event in the future.

It follows the death of two revellers at the dance festival last night. Another two people are in a critical condition while drugs yet again marred the annual event.

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres said a short time ago: “The Sydney International Regatta Centre will not be hosting Defqon.1 into the future.”

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was even stronger, seeking to ensure the event is shut down.

“I never want to see this event held in Sydney or New South Wales ever again — we will do everything we can to shut this down,” she said.

“I understand there were some deaths in the past, but to have at least two on one night when every assurance was given to those attending that it was a safe event — clearly it wasn’t when so many people have succumbed.”

Defqon.1 has taken place in Penrith since 2009 and was celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

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