A man has died at a popular Tasmanian music festival this weekend, authorities have confirmed.
In a statement to NCA NewsWire, Tasmania Police said the man, understood to be in his 40s, died suddenly on Saturday night at the Panama music festival, near Launceston.
Police are not treating the death of the man as suspicious.
According to reports by the ABC, the festival organiser told the crowd not to take any recreational drugs in an announcement after the incident, which is understood to have occurred at about 5:30pm.
A man has died suddenly at a music festival in Tasmania. Picture: Panama Festival / Instagram.
“We don’t know whether drugs were involved but we want to put your safety first, so this announcement is just to say don’t take any recreational drugs,” Panama organiser Tim Carroll is said.
“It’s not safe to do so,” he said.
“If you have any concerns, we’re available, we’re on radio, also at the first aid hut.”
Panama is a three-day festival described by the event as a “celebration of music and community.”
It’s situated in the Lone Star Valley in the north east of the state.
“Each March, 1500 patrons join us in the fields, to camp under the stars and witness some of the best acts you never knew you loved,” the festival says on its website.
Tasmania Police said they were not treating the man’s death as suspicious. Picture: Panama Festival / Instagram.
The sold-out festival returned in 2023 after missing multiple years due to the pandemic.
It was headlined by Zambian artist Sampa the Great.
Police said a report would be prepared for the Coroner.
“Our thoughts are with the man’s family and loved one’s at this difficult time.”
NCA NewsWire has reached out to Panama Festival for comment.