Police praise attendees to This That, Scene and Heard despite drug detection, hospitalisations

Peri Miatke and Zoe Gould of Newcastle at This That festival in Wickham, Newcastle on Saturday, November 3. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
Peri Miatke and Zoe Gould of Newcastle at This That festival in Wickham, Newcastle on Saturday, November 3. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police have praised the good behaviour of attendees to two festivals held in Newcastle at the weekend.

About 20,000 people attended This That on Saturday and Scene and Heard on Sunday.

Both music festival were held in Wickham Park.

Newcastle City Police District Superintendent Brett Greentree said that the majority of festival-goers across the weekend were well behaved and enjoyed the events safely.

“It was really positive to see people having a good time and heeding police warnings,” he said.

“The small number of people who ignored our advice about illegal activity were dealt with accordingly.

“Police worked closely with the promoter to ensure the events were pleasant for everyone.

“Newcastle City police are committed to providing a safe environment to people attending festivals in this area.”

Scene and Heard 2018 at Wickham Park, Newcastle. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Scene and Heard 2018 at Wickham Park, Newcastle. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Newcastle City Police District with assistance from drug detection dogs conducted a large police operation during the two days.

On Saturday, police issued a total of 22 field court attendance notices for possession offences and seven for drug supply.

A total of three people were transported to hospital, two for drug related illnesses.

On Sunday, police 13 drug detection were made with four people allegedly found to be possessing cannabis and cocaine.

Ella Hoper of Killing Heidi on stage at Scene and Heard 2018. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Ella Hoper of Killing Heidi on stage at Scene and Heard 2018. Photo: Simon McCarthy

This That returned in 2018 with arguably the biggest line-up in the youth festival’s four-year run despite early controversy when Sticky Fingers cancelled their planned performance amid allegations of abuse and violence in July.

Gold Coast singer/songwriter Amy Shark joined a stellar line up of acts including The Rubens, Illy and US electro whiz RL Grime.

Scene and Heard at Wickham Park transported thousands of festival-goers back in time on Sunday in a second day of a jam-packed weekend for live music at Newcastle.

Festival headliners The Living End rounded out a stellar line-up of acts at the weekend, which included alt-rockers Something for Kate, Killing Heidi, Spiderbait, dance music group Sneaky Sound System and Dallas Crane.

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