MUSIC festival regulars are calling for their fellow doof lovers to help repair the industry’s image.
They say events are more about the deep connection to the music and their friends that they experience, and not the drug overdoses that continuously get all the media attention.
One such ‘doof’ frequenter, Miranda Loats, believes it is the new wave of young club kids taking things too far who are giving festivals a bad reputation.
“The original Doof Culture is community, family, spirituality, self actualisation and a connection to nature, people and self,” she said.
“It’s those who are uneducated on the chemicals they are putting into their bodies which, in turn, have brought overdoses and violence to the community, tarnishing the culture, and it’s such a shame.”
Some festival goers believe the introduction of drug pill testing kits could help improve safety and therefore the industry’s reputation.
Tori Burns, who attends festivals throughout the year, strongly believes drug test kits should be more readily available.
“Free drug test kits should 100 per cent be included at every festival,” she said.
“On top of that, the younger generations who are just getting into the party scene aren’t even thinking of taking half the precautions the older generations do.”
She said anyone taking drugs should know what they are putting into their body and be prepared for the effects it may have.
“People need to be reminded of the fact that websites like Pill Report exist, or to check what you’re buying, and do not buy off strangers,” Burns said.
The rise of drug use across the country has been well publicised and some believe the few drug overdoses at music festivals have been unfairly highlighted, as they say the majority of those who attend the events are sensible, take proper precautions and look out for themselves and there are only a select few ruining it for everyone else.
“It’s rather frustrating that they give such a great experience such a bad name but in saying that I think it probably has always had that draw to those events as long as they’ve been, but because of the increase in social media and now that these festivals are considered as ‘cool’, it’s getting too full on and people are getting sucked in without fully taking precautions because they don’t realise how dangerous it really is,” Burns said.
A few years ago, the NSW Government threatened to close music festivals if they couldn’t get rid of drug use.
Founder of the now defunct Stereosonic festival, Richie McNeill, has previously said the government had tied organisers’ hands by refusing to implement strategies and certain measures that would help make festivals safer places to party, and that would help prevent them being branded death traps.
Several festival organisers were contacted for comment but did not respond to Dscribe.
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