The final day of the Future Music Festival in Kuala Lumpur has been cancelled following five deaths at the event over the first two days.
Organisers were advised not to proceed with day three of the festival after details of the incidents emerged. The five cases are all said to be drugs-related, although further details are yet to be confirmed.
The festival, which was set to feature performances from the likes of Pharrell Williams, Eric Prydz and Rudimental alongside artists over the weekend including Chase & Status and Raekwon, issued a statement on its Facebook page explaining the decision. The statement reads:
“With regard to the recent Future Music Festival Asia event that took place at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium showgrounds on Friday, 14th March, Livescape Asia and Future Music would like to make the following statement.
The organizers of the festival are deeply saddened by the reported loss of lives on Friday 14th March. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those affected. The health and safety of our patrons is of upmost importance to us and we are extremely devastated that circumstances such as these occurred despite the significant planning and resources in place.
ACP Tuan Mohan Singh, District Police Chief, IPD Cheras, said: “Police worked closely with event organizers, security, Bukit Jalil Stadium and a number of other government agencies in the planning process. A high visibility police operation featuring over 100 police members was in place to work across crowd control and drug detection activities.
“We recognize the efforts of the organizers in putting in place preventative health and safety measures at the event. They have cooperated fully with the Police on both days to create a safe environment for the public. What happened at the event is unfortunate and we remind all members of the public of the immense dangers associated with the use of illegal substances.”
Refunds are being offered for ticket holders through the event’s website.