News April 23, 2019

Two found dead at Rabbits Eat Lettuce

Two found dead at Rabbits Eat Lettuce

Promoters of the self-styled “freedom, love and dance music” festival Rabbis Eat Lettuce in Queensland have called two patrons found dead “some beautiful souls that we consider part of our extended family.”

The 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were found dead in a tent at 9.30 yesterday morning as the crowd – estimated at about 4,000 – dispersed after the festival ended after being staged from Thursday, April 18 to Sunday, April 21.

A statement from the festival said:

“All of the staff and community at Rabbits Eat Lettuce would like to pass on our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of those who were found deceased.

“Our thoughts and concerns are predominately for their wellbeing and privacy during this time.

“It is absolutely heartbreaking to lose some beautiful souls that we consider part of our extended family.

“Rabbit Eat Lettuce place the wellbeing and safety of our patrons as the number one priority and we have highly trained first aid, professional paramedics working 24 hours throughout the festival & an on call doctor onsite.

“In addition, QLD Police & QLD Ambulance are on duty in a user pay capacity during the festival.

“We work together with authorities to ensure that the environment we provide is as safe as possible.

“The relevant bodies will be investigating to determine exactly what happened. It is appropriate that we give them the chance to do their work and respect the deceased family’s right to privacy and avoid any speculation.”

This was the festival’s first year in Cherrabah Resort in Elbow Valley.

It was previously in northern NSW but in the wake of the new state festival regime, was the first to move out after it faced a $105,000 bill for police attendance.

Yesterday Warwick Police stated, “While investigations are continuing to determine the cause of death, there are no suspicious circumstances at this stage.”

Nine has since reported the cause of death as a drug overdose.

Aside from music, Rabbits Eat Lettuce also had events as wide-ranging as body painting, cacao heart ceremony, chakra dance, chakra yoga, workshops on produce electro-music and authentic relations, and a series of talks including the evolution of consciousness.

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