The organisers of the Falls Festival may be facing a class action lawsuit after the crowd crush in Lorne on December 30 that left roughly 80 people injured.

Maddens Lawyers have spoken to ten people seriously injured during the melee, and have appealed for more punters to come forward and take part in the class action.

They claim the crush was caused due to lack of access from the Grand Theatre; punters were attempting to leave the staging area after a DMA’s set in order to catch UK band London Grammar.

Class Action principal at Madden Lawyers Brendan Pendergast​ said in a statement regarding the incident that “entrances and exits to the venue in question, barricades surrounding walkways, even the material on the walkways themselves… these were all conditions that were well outside the control of festival patrons.

“These revellers purchased their tickets to, and attended, the Falls event in good faith that their safety, health and well-being would be preserved.”

Falls Festival Co Producer Jessica Ducrou released a statement following the incident, saying the organisers are “beyond shattered” and “completely devastated”, citing “a confluence of events” as the cause, before promising “an investigation into the various contributing factors, which will take some weeks to determine.”

There will be an investigation, but there will be no easy answers available, and – most likely – no real solution.

 

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