Two die at Sydney music festival

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Two people have died after leaving a music festival on Saturday in Sydney, while 10 others were taken to hospital across two events in the Australian capital.

According to reports, NSW Health confirmed that two men died after leaving Knockout Outdoor festival at the Sydney Showground in Olympic Park on Saturday.

Local police are investigating the deaths, but did not confirm if the two men had consumed drugs.

Last week, NSW Health warned in a release that high-dose MDMA (ecstasy) was circulating in the state of New South Wales.

Unseasonably warm spring weather has also led to issues linked to extreme heat and dehydration. A further nine people were taken to hospital from Knockout Outdoor and one from the Listen Out music festival, which was taking place at Centennial Park.

Roughly 27,500 guests crammed into Giants Stadium and the surrounding area for Knockout Outdoor and a further 53,000 attended Listen Out.

The Guardian reported that 85 festival-goers at Listen Out were allegedly caught with illegal drugs, 37 of which were issued with court attendance notices. A further eight attendees were charged with supplying a prohibited drug, two arrested for assaulting police, one for wilful and obscene exposure, and another for breaching bail.

Knockout Outdoor saw 27 attendees charged with illegal drug possession and a further four with supplying a prohibited drug.