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SINGAPORE: Police twice rejected applications from organisers of Future Music Festival Asia to hold the event here.
Livescape Singapore, which has sold about 15,000 of the 20,000 tickets available for the two-day festival, submitted applications for a public entertainment licence to the police in January and last month, but were rejected both times, with the police citing “serious concerns” over potential drug abuse at the event.
The festival’s three-year run in Kuala Lumpur was marred by drug problems – concert organisers had to pull the plug on the third day of the event last year after six Malaysians died of drug overdose and another 16 people were hospitalised for drug-related reasons.
Several Singaporeans were also hospitalised after a suspected drug overdose, while two were later charged for drug offences in Kuala Lumpur.
Future Music Festival Asia, which has drawn big-name partners like Citibank, Evian and William Grant & Sons — owner of brands like Glenfiddich and Hendrick’s Gin — is set to be held on Mar 13 and 14 at Changi Exhibition Centre. Headliners include Avicii, The Prodigy, Fat Boy Slim, and Afrojack.
“I am all for youths having fun,” said Jesse Ramasamy , 24, a wedding DJ.
“But rave party is another animal altogether.”
“Rave music is best enjoyed when you are high on drugs such as ecstacy and ice.”
“But the problem is that these drugs would cause your body to heat up and in a crowded place without the means to cool your body down, you might suffer severe heat stroke like what happened in KL.”