Organisers of Falls Music and Arts Festival to face trial in November
The multimillion-dollar class action involves festivalgoers injured during a stampede at the music festival in 2016. The festivalgoers were leaving Aussie band DMAs’ performance to see London Grammar on another stage when the overcrowded exit became congested, causing a panic which saw many people being injured and trampled on. The stampede resulted in 19 revellers being hospitalised and 76 people needing first aid treatment.
The case will now go to trial in the Melbourne Supreme Court on November 19 after the parties failed to reach a court settlement in a second attempt last week. Damages are likely to be in excess of $4 million, according to lawyers leading the case.
The festival started in 1993, with a small one-day concert, held in Lorne named Rock Above The Falls. Its initial success saw it expand, becoming a multi-day music festival held annually in Lorne, Marion Bay, Yelgun and Fremantle, Australia over the New Year’s Eve and January period.
The festival has a strong focus on sustainability, winning multiple awards over the years including being named the winner of the Major Festival category of the Australian Event Awards in 2014.