Organisers of Parklife Festival have warned festival-goers of a potentially deadly brand of ‘Punisher’ ecstasy pills following two deaths at Portsmouth’s Mutiny Festival last weekend.
Yesterday (May 29), the festival tweeted out an image of a blue, triangular pill known as ‘Punisher’. The festival’s social media post describes the drug “with strength over 330mg” which “can result in death”. According to drug awareness charity The Loop this is three to four times the amount found in a typical ecstasy pill.
See Parklife’s important post below.
No doubt you have seen in the press about two very sad tragedies at a festival over the weekend.
There is a VERY strong batch of pills in circulation, with strength over 330mg. These tablets, along with others, can result in death. Please act responsibly & look after each other. pic.twitter.com/rfY1XixtCF
— Parklife 2020 (@Parklifefest) May 29, 2018
The Loop write that “common harm reduction advice is start with a quarter and regularly sip water”. Concerns were reported over access to water at Mutiny festival following the two drug-related deaths, however the festival organisers denied this allegation.
At Mutiny Festival, 18-year-old Georgia Jones and 20-year-old Tommy Cowan died in separate incidents at the festival’s site in King George V Playing Fields, Cosham.
“If nothing else I hope what has happened to her will deter you from taking anything ever,” wrote Georgia’s mother Janine on Facebook. “The pills had caused her temperature to rise so high it made her fit for 45 minutes.”
The police have told fans to watch out for counterfeit tickets in the run-up to the event, which takes place June 9-10 at Heaton Park.
Liam Gallagher, The xx and Skepta are among the artists playing Parklife this year alongside Chvrches, Lorde and Bonobo, Justice, Everything Everything and Four Tet are among the acts slated to play the Manchester festival/