New research shows that not only is the use of drug detection dogs ineffective, it may in fact increase the risk of drug-related harm.
As we seek to reconnect after several summers without large, in-person gatherings, we reflect on the significant and often transformational role that music festivals play in our communities.
The climate crisis will necessitate change to business-as-usual approaches to the arts.
The non-stop four-day dance party is always controversial – this year because of threats of terrorist attacks.
Women not free to enjoy festivals in the same way as men.
Every year, tens of thousands travel to art events throughout Tasmania. These unique festival landscapes change the way we experience the world – and ourselves.
Requiring adult supervision for 16 and 17 year olds is undermining health and community, and a huge overreach from police.
Investigations are being conducted to figure out what led to the death of eight people during a crowd surge at Travis Scott’s show.
The Drug and Substance Checking Bill currently moving through parliament marks another milestone in New Zealand’s shift away from criminalisation and towards harm reduction.
Your guide to what is going to become of the great British summer bonanza.
Urban planning and cultural policies often neglect electronic dance music. Now the pandemic is forcing the EDM world to come up with new strategies to survive.
Toy pianos typically have a range of 12-36 keys, roughly one quarter the range of a full piano. But they are used by composers and music makers to write everything from concertos to pop songs.
Live music venues must be helped to survive the COVID-19 era.
With regular music festivals, people can more easily seek help or advice about drug and alcohol or mental health issues. But with drive-ins we need to be creative to minimise harms.
Drug slang can help researchers understand drug trends. But if you’re taking a drug called by a street name, make sure you know what it is.
Pill testing, no more sniffer dogs and fewer strip searches are some of the ways the NSW coroner says will reduce drug deaths at music festivals.
A person’s drug experience can be influenced by many different things, such as heat, access to water and dosage.
In a non-policing context, having to perform such acts would be a serious assault. This is why strip searches are meant to be a last resort and only used in serious and urgent circumstances.
Most drug use among Australian festival goers appears to be occasional and isn’t problematic. But a small group experience higher rates of drug-related harms.
Festival-goers increasingly treat tents as disposable, imagining they are put to good use when discarded. They’re wrong.