Police say they were “generally pleased” with crowd behaviour at Mountain Sounds Festival on the New South Wales Central Coast over the weekend, despite a number of assault and drug-related arrests.
A 20-year-old man was arrested after allegedly assaulting police at the Kariong festival, and has also been charged with resisting arrest, failing to leave the premises when requested, offensive language and malicious damage. He’s been granted conditional bail and is due to appear in Gosford Local Court on Tuesday, 6th March.
49 people were found in possession of illicit drugs, with six being charged with drug, alcohol or anti-social behaviour offences, while a 19-year-old man was arrested after allegedly being found with 98 ecstasy pills in his possession. He’s been charged with supplying an indictable amount of a prohibited drug and possessing a prohibited drug, and will also appear in Gosford Local Court on Tuesday, 6th March.
Over 8,000 people attended each day of Mountain Sounds 2018, between Friday, 16th February and Saturday, 17th February.
In a statement released prior to the festival, Mountain Sounds organisers said they “do not condone drugs of any type”, and told ticket-holders to behave.
“At Mountain Sounds we do not condone any kind of physical, verbal assault, threats or violence,” they said.
“Consent is king (or queen) – any unwanted or unsolicited advances will not be tolerated. We want everyone to love their time on the Mountain so chill out, have a boogie and enjoy the vibes.”
This year’s Mountain Sounds lineup featured the likes of Peking Duk, Gang Of Youths and Amy Shark.