Australia

Police investigating two sudden deaths at Queensland music festival

The Rabbits Eat Lettuce music festival in Elbow Valley. Source: Rabbits Eat Lettuce

Police are investigating two 'sudden deaths' at a music festival near the Queensland-NSW border.

A man and woman have been found dead at a music festival near Queensland's Southern Downs.

Police are investigating after two bodies were found in a tent at the Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival.

In a statement, Queensland police said: "Police investigations are continuing into two sudden deaths reported at an Elbow Valley festival around 9.30am today, however, no suspicious circumstances have been uncovered at this time."

Festival organisers describe the music festival as a place of "freedom, love and dance music."

On the festival's website, it asks festival-goers to "come and camp in a beautiful natural environment and form a community of like-minded souls."

The Rabbits Eat Lettuce music festival in Elbow Valley, Queensland.
The Rabbits Eat Lettuce music festival in Elbow Valley, Queensland.
Rabbits Eat Lettuce

The four-day event started on 18 April and ended last night.

In a statement festival organisers described the deaths as "truly heartbreaking".

"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," Rabbits Eat Lettuce stated.

"It is truly heartbreaking to lose some beautiful souls that we consider part of our extended family."

The organisers said the wellbeing and safety of patrons is their "number one priority".

"We have 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."

Festival organisers said the deaths would be investigated.

"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."

The festival began in 2008 and describes itself as a tribal Easter party.

The latest deaths come following safety concerns at music festivals being put into the spotlight last year by a series of fatalities.

 NSW will hold an inquest into the suspected drug overdoses of at least five people last year scheduled for July. 

Aged between 19 and 23 - Diana Nguyen, Joseph Pham, Callum Brosnan, Joshua Tam and Alexandra Ross-King - died after taking drugs at NSW music festivals from September last year.

The deaths have renewed calls for pill testing following the series of deaths at Australian music festivals.

Despite this, NSW and Victorian governments remain opposed to pill testing.

However, a recent study found public opinion is in favour of the alternative approach, festival promoters have championed pill testing and even Australia’s peak representative body for doctors is on board.

Stay up to date with SBS NEWS

  • App
  • Subscribe
  • Follow
  • Listen
  • Watch