Police have commended the behaviour of 20,000 patrons evacuated from Sydney’s Good Life festival yesterday after a fierce storm caused structural damage to the event’s stages.
Yesterday it was reported that the under-age festival, held at Randwick Racecourse, had been cancelled after a storm with wind gusts reaching 91km/h ripped through Sydney around 4pm local time.
Police now say that the storms “damaged the main stages and caused major structural weaknesses”, forcing the evacuation of 20,000 minors from the location to a drop off zone.
Punters were instructed to stay in the grandstands at Randwick Racecourse until the storm passed, after which they were transported by bus to Moore Park and Central Station to be picked up by parents.
“The youths were very well behaved and having a great time at the concert before the inclement weather started. We commend them on complying with our instructions,” Superintendent Gavin Dengate said.
“Our close working relationship with event organisers resulted in no injuries as a result of the storms and evacuations.”
Just one arrest was made after a male youth allegedly assaulted a police officer.
Good Life organisers will be hoping for better luck at the festival today in Perth, Friday in Brisbane and next Monday in Melbourne.