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Police cast doubt on Future Music Festival Asia

By Zaki JufriEvents - 05 March 2015 7:00 AM | Updated 11:55 AM

Police cast doubt on Future Music Festival Asia

Future Music Festival’s first ever event in Singapore may not happen after all, after it was reported that the police have rejected permit applications, citing drug concerns.

Police told the media there were “serious concerns” over potential drug abuse at the event, Today newspaper reported.

The two-day festival due to happen on 13 and 14 March is expected to attract 50,000 people, and will feature more than 50 acts from around the world, including The Prodigy, Public Enemy and Avicii.

It has also partnered with brands such as Zalora, GrabTaxi, NTUC Income and Evian for the event.

PERMIT REJECTED TWICE

Organisers The Livescape Group have applied for a public entertainment licence with the police twice, but were rejected both times.

They then submitted an appeal to Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean on Tuesday 3 March.

The festival, which had a three-year run in Malaysia, made headlines last year when six people died of drug overdose, prompting organisers to cancel the third day of the event.

Advertising executive Aaron Tan is hopeful that the festival will not be cancelled. The 29-year-old bought a $228 two-day pass.

"I am very disappointed with the news but I am optimistic. The event is huge and is good for tourism," Tan told inSing.

He added: "I wonder why the organisers didn't apply for permits (earlier) when they announced the event last year."

'ISOLATED INCIDENT'

On Thursday, organisers posted a statement on its Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) Facebook page about the news and assured fans that appeals have been made and “no final decision has been made as yet”. 

It added: “Isolated incidents which happened outside of Singapore cannot and do not carry any implication that FMFA is in any way linked to drug use nor is it any indication that there will be drug abuse at the event.

FMFA firmly stands behind our goal of creating a drug-free event for our festival goers to enjoy, and we are working with the best international organisations in the world with a combined 50 years of experience working on similar events to ensure that this is the case."

An update, it said, will be provided in 48 hours.

Organisers have sold about 15,000 of the 20,000 tickets so far.

Future Music Festival Asia 2015 (cancelled)

Future Music Festival Asia 2015 (cancelled)

Date Mar 13, 2015

VenueChangi Exhibition Centre