Shenna van der Velden
By Shenna van der Velden

Q-dance has just revealed that Defqon.1 will not return to Australia this year: “Warriors, it is with great sadness to inform you that Defqon.1 Festival will not return to Australia this year.”

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2009 was the very first year that Defqon.1 Australia was organised. The event successfully returned annually, but unfortunately not this year… The Sydney International Regatta Centrum (location) and and its affiliates have withdrawn their support for the event. This means Q-dance had to look for a new location: “We have been unable to secure a suitable replacement venue for the event to take place this September.”

They continue to fight for a new location that meets the quality standards: “We remain uncertain if and when we return”. The organization would like to thank several people for this. To our fans, Ambassadors, and everyone else that has contributed to the incredible memories we created for the past 10 years: from the depths of our orange heart we would like to thank all of you for your ongoing support, dedication, and for creating the most epic family imaginable”, according to Q-dance.

“I didn’t want to see the event return in its current form”

Previously, there was discredit about the event. Unfortunately in 2018, 2 people died and 13 more ended up hospitalized. The Premier of the Australian state of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, responded to these events by completely banning the festival. After a lot of criticism she came back to this later and wanted to make the event safer, but pill-testing is not supported. Later she would like to move the events to another place where drug tests could be set up.

Defqon.1 Australia will be cancelled this year

Q-dance welcomes everyone to explore their events or hostings in any of the 15 countries they are active in this year, while they are looking for a suitable location.

Photo by Facebook-page Defqon.1 

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