Malaysian Leg of Future Music Festival cut short after reports of up to six deaths

Malaysian Leg of Future Music Festival cut short after reports of up to six deaths

The third and final day of the Malaysian leg of the Future Music Tour was cancelled after it was revealed that as many as six people died at the second day of the event on Friday.

When the cancellation was first announced only a single death was confirmed. The organisers have since released a second statement though that echoes a report in the local media that Kuala Lumpur Police had confirmed six deaths of concert goers aged between 19 and 28.; “The organizers of the festival are deeply saddened by the reported loss of lives on Friday 14th March,” it reads. “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.”

The statement makes not mention of the cause of the deaths but the local media reports attribute them to drug overdoses. The headliner on Friday evening was trance king Armin Van Buuren. with the festival having been opened by Canadian DJ Deadmau5 Scheduled to perform on Saturday had been the festivals 'biggest' acts including Pharrell, Rudimental, Eric Prydz, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Chase & Status and Tinie Tempah

When the Future Music Festival hit Australia a few weeks ago there were reports of a number of drug arrests although for the most part the crowds here were reported to be 'fairly well behaved'. For example when the festival hit Sydney boasting an attendance figure of 47,000 Detective Superintendent Gavin Dengate told the press, “Overall, the behaviour of the large crowd inside the venue was very good with no major incidents or disturbances."
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