Proving that Australia really is an over-the-top nanny state, fussy soccer mum … relentless mollycoddler … Adelaide City Councillor Anne Moran (yes, the same one who complained about Soundwave Festival being “too teeth rattlingly-loud”) has kicked off a campaign to force music festivals to either reschedule, and even outright cancel events when the outside temperature exceeds 35 degrees.
“This isn’t about stopping people taking drugs it’s about stopping people from dying,” she is quoted saying. “We can’t be so naive to think that having a zero-tolerance policy (towards drugs) will work so there needs to be a review into what can be done to reduce the risk of another death.
“I think we seriously need to consider banning these festivals from going ahead on days above 35°c or 36°c.”
The push for restrictions on festivals taking place during hot weather comes after Stereosonic attendee Stefan Woodwarddied from a (suspected) drug overdose during 40 degree heat last week. While it’s refreshing to see a member of government acknowledge that zero-tolerance drug policy is effectively useless, it is still disappointing to see that she would rather the government just sweep these issues under the rug, blame it all on the weather, and try to ban and restrict their way out of a tight spot.
Remember, kiddies: if you’re gonna take drugs at a festival (and this includes drinking), stay safe, stay hydrated (but don’t over-hydrate), and keep an eye on your friends and fellow festival-goers. If you or someone in your immediate vicinity has taken something (and even if they haven’t) and isn’t feeling well, escort them to the nearest medical tent or staff/security member and let them know what’s up.
Adelaide City Council Want to Cancel Music Festivals During Hot Weather, Vow to Tighten Apron Strings