The Premier of New South Wales (NSW) police said a 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman collapsed and died on Saturday at Defqon.1, a hardcore trance and house music festival in Sydney.
Three people, including a 19-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, are in hospital in a critical condition.
Around 700 sought medical assistance at Sydney International Regatta Centre.
Gladys Berejiklian, the NSW Premier, said she would “make sure” the festival was banned.
Ms Berejiklian said: ”I’m absolutely aghast at what has 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.
“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.”
Police have rounded up suspected drug suppliers and charged ten people — including two teenage girls who allegedly took 120 pills to Defqon.1.
A range of party drugs, including MDMA, Cocaine, and Ecstasy, were seized from 69 people at the festival.
Ms Berejiklian, who is the leader of the NSW Liberal party, said: “This is an unsafe event and I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure it never happens again.”
She said pill testing was “not a solution” for the festival, instead arguing: «Anyone who advocates pill-testing is giving the green light to drugs.
«There is no such thing as a safe drug and unfortunately when young people think there is, it has tragic consequences.»
The NSW Greens party have been calling for pill testing trials in the Australian state following the first successful pill testing trial held at the ‘Groovin the Moo’ festival in Canberra on April 29.
Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Greens Senator for NSW and the Greens NSW spokesperson on drugs & harm minimisation, branded Ms Berejiklian’s pledge to ban the festival as “absurd”.
She posted on Facebook today: “Absolutely absurd. People always have and probably always will take drugs. If Premier Berejiklian wants to save lives, she should get out of the way and stop blocking pill testing at festivals.”
Defqon.1 organisers, Q-Dance Australia, said: «We are disappointed at the number of reported drug-related incidents, we have a zero-tolerance policy in relation to drug use at the festival.
«Festival organisers are working closely and cooperating with the authorities regarding the fatalities and the number of medical presentations made during the evening, a full investigation is currently underway.”
This is the third time tragedy has struck the festival and two men in their 20s have previously died of suspected drug overdoses.