Woman dies, 69 charged with drug offences at Sydney festival ‘Stereosonic’

48,000 people attended the Sydney leg of the Aussie event

One woman has died and another is in a coma following Sydney Music Festival Stereosonic on Saturday (November 28), with a large number also arrested on drugs offences.

A 25-year-old became seriously ill on site, before passing away after being transported to hospital, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. A 22-year-old is in an induced coma.

The festival also saw 69 arrests for possession or dealing of drugs, as well as 23 cautions for cannabis.


The Morning Herald reports Assistant Commissioner Mennilli said. “This number is alarming and disappointing, especially after we warned revellers about the dangers of drug use.”


The festival made headlines around the world earlier this week after one attendee tried to drill a hole in a building on the site at Sydney Olympic Park in order to stash drugs, before being caught and arrested by police.

The festival featured performances by Armin Van Buuren, Diplo, Major Lazer, Clean Bandit, Duke Dumont and Galantis at its Sydney leg. Major Lazer’s ‘Lean On’ is currently the most streamed song of all time on Spotify, having collected 526 million plays worldwide, ahead of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’.

Sister events also take place in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane, starting tomorrow (November 29).