BUKIT JALIL, Malaysia — Widely anticipated music event, Future Music Festival Asia has been cancelled.
Six people have died while three others are in critical condition due to methamphetamine overdose at the music festival held at Bukit Jalil Stadium.
One person died on the scene while another died on the way to the hospital. Four others died at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital.
At 6pm on 15 March, organisers, Livescape Asia said in an official statement: "In the interest of public safety we have heeded the authority’s advice to not proceed with Day 3 of Future Music Festival Asia 2014. This is also to help in the on-going investigation."
"A police report has been filed and we are working very closely with all relevant authorities in examining and determining the cause of this very unfortunate incident.”
Tickets will be refunded. According to organisers, details of the refunds will be announced within one week. Ticket buyers are urged to logon to their website for refund details.
***Update 20 Dec, 3pm***
The organisers have announced full refund details for all ticket types and cash balance from RFID wristband here.
Footage from the official press conference at Future Music Festival Asia
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) is part of a three-day music event with live acts and international DJs performing.
FMFA comes after "Deadmau5 and Friends" and "A State of Trance" held on 13 and 14 March respectively.
Footage from "A State of Trance"
Day three of the festival was due to be headlined by international music megastars like Grammy-winners Pharrell Williams, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and electronic music acts Martin Garrix and Rudimental.
2014 is the third year FMFA has been held in Malaysia, and the first year FMFA is part of a three-day programme.
Last year saw more than 55,000 concert goers in attendance. The figures for this year have yet be released, but organisers were expecting an attendance of 85,000.
FMFA 2014 ARTISTS
Artists due to play at FMFA had already begun doing sound checks at the venue.
A post from the official FMFA instagram account, posted around 3pm, 15 March
There is no official word on whether the FMFA artists will be performing elsewhere on 15 March.
Some artists are already making their way out of Kuala Lumpur.
On my way to the airport! 14 hour flight to Amsterdam.. but can't wait to be back home/in the studio and sleep in my own bed!— MARTIN GARRIX (@MartinGarrix) March 15, 2014