An annual gathering near and dear to the hearts of hardstyle fans the world over will not take place in 2019. Defqon.1 Australia was slated to return to the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Perth, Australia in September. Following a 2018 event overshadowed by two attendee fatalities, however, the venue has terminated the arrangement.
"Unfortunately the Sydney International Regatta Centre and its affiliates have withdrawn their support for the event," the organizers of Defqon.1 wrote in a statement. "Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to secure a suitable replacement venue for the event to take place this September."
Defqon.1's flagship festival has been put on by Q-dance in the Netherlands since 2003. The Australian iteration has taken place annually for 10 years at the Regatta Centre. After last year saw the deaths of festivalgoers Joseph Pham and Diana Nguyen, however, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian made it her mission to oust the event from the state.
Defqon.1's organizers have not ruled out the possibility that they may be able to secure a venue for future editions of the event. "While we continue to look for a suitable alternative location that meets our quality standards, we remain uncertain if and when we return," they wrote.
H/T: Daily Mail