Dozens of fence-jumpers have been caught and two police officers have sustained minor injuries during a number of arrests at Jumanji Festival‘s debut events in Melbourne and Sydney over the weekend.
NSW Police has confirmed to Music Feeds that 71 people were caught fence-jumping and 44 were refused entry at the Sydney leg of Jumanji on Saturday, 10th March, which was attended by around 6,300 people. Nine people were also ejected from the event for aggressive or antisocial behaviour.
Of those who made it inside the festival, 99 were treated for medical issues, with two people transported to hospital. A number of arrests were also made, with 20 people charged with drug offences and 11 found to be intoxicated.
Meanwhile, police arrested 17 people for alleged drug offences at the Victorian leg of the festival at Melbourne Showgrounds on Friday, 9th March, including a 19-year-old man who was charged with multiple offences, including the possession and trafficking of drugs, possessing the proceeds of crime, handling stolen goods and resisting police.
A 27-year-old man was also arrested and charged with possessing drugs and resisting arrest. Two police officers were injured while making arrests, but didn’t require medical treatment.
Of the others arrested at the Melbourne event, eight were referred to a drug diversion program, while four were cautioned, as police seized quantities of ecstasy, cocaine, cannabis and MDMA.
Jumanji Festival suffered a last-minute cancellation ahead of this year’s events, with American rapper and producer DJ Mustard pulling out of the festival on the day of its Melbourne leg, claiming that “the business behind this show wasn’t handled properly”.
DJ Mustard’s cancellation came after Jumanji Festival organisers responded to criticism of their all-male lineup, after being called out by music fans and Australian-based Jumanji act Midas.Gold.