Two people have died at Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival

  • Two people have died at Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival

Two people have died at Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival

A 22-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were found dead inside a tent at Elbow Valley music festival Rabbits Eat Lettuce yesterday morning, as confirmed by the festival in a statement.

A spokesman for QLD Ambulance said paramedics were called to the scene about 9.55am to assess two people, but were unable to comment further.

Police say the deaths are not suspicious but they are still investigating the cause of death.

Police carried out roadside drug and alcohol testing during the Rabbit Eats Lettuce Festival.

Police are treating the deaths as a suspected overdose and said a toxicology report would be completed for the coroner.

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

The NSW government came under fire in recent months for tough new rules around festival safety, which included sometimes vastly increasing the number of police and emergency services required to be on-site - and paid for by event organisers in a "user pays" model.

The festival's website invites city dwellers to get out of their normal environment and experience the natural landscape.

"Come and camp in a handsome natural environment and form a community of like-minded souls", it says.

The four-day event started on 18 April and ended last night. "We can dissolve the social barriers and dance together", it continues.

"They are awaiting test results to assist in determining the cause of death", the spokesman said. Punters loved the tight knit community which the festival inhibits.

Earlier this year, the event was involved in a legal controversy involving a sister event Bohemian Beatfreaks.

Police are investigating after two bodies were found in a tent at the Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival. Festival organisers challenged a decision the event would be too unsafe to go ahead on a property south of Casino.

It was previously in northern NSW but in the wake of the new state festival regime, was the first to move out after it faced a $105,000 bill for police attendance.

"Overall Queensland seems to be pretty supportive of the festival industry", organiser Erik Lamir said. "We're not on the [State Government's] high risk list".