With Elder Park welcoming up to 12,500 music fans at the FOMO Festival on Sunday (5 January) police are urging festival-goers to use public transport to get to and from the area.
Festival-goers at the licensed 16+ event can expect there to be a high police presence monitoring behavior and ensuring that everyone has a safe and fun time.
Police anticipate an enjoyable event, but will be on the lookout for anyone who is intoxicated, using illicit drugs, attempting to enter without paying or behaving in an anti-social manner.
The safety of festival-goers is at the forefront of SA Police, according to Superintendent Craig Wall of Adelaide’s Eastern District.
“We will be keeping a watchful eye on crowd behavior, to ensure the safety of those attending the festival and other members of the public,” Superintendent Wall said.
“Any person found in possession of an illicit substance at the ‘FOMO festival’ will be dealt with by police and is likely to face court over the matter.
“Police are focused on minimising potential harm by detecting and preventing drug offences.
Dog Operations Unit will conduct an illicit drug detection operation throughout the festival.
“I would like to remind everyone that there is no way to know what is in a pill, or what adverse reactions an illicit substance might cause from one person to the next, said Superintendent Wall.
“The safety of each and every person attending the festival is, at the end of the day, in their own hands.
“We urge those attending to make sensible choices and don’t ruin someone else’s day or your own by behaving in an antisocial manner.
“If you’re thinking of drinking, keep a count of how many drinks you’ve had and don’t go overboard. Excessive drinking can place you at greater risk of becoming the victim of crime.
“Please seek help from police, ambulance or other event officials at the first sign of difficulty. Do not hesitate.”
Alongside foot and bicycle patrols, Mounted Operations officers will be in attendance, helping to monitor the venue, escort evictees and assist in the detection of fence jumpers.
Festival-goers can also expect to see public transport police officers out and about on trams, trains, monitoring behaviour on busses and key platforms including the Adelaide Railway Station.
For motorists reduced speed zones and lane closures will operate in the area between 7am and 11.30pm. The following restrictions will apply:
- 25 km/h zones on King William Road between North Terrance and approximately 100 meters north of Victoria Drive.
- 25k/m zones on Victoria Drive between King William Road and point approximately 100 east.
- Left hand lane closure on King William Road North bound.
Drivers are reminded to watch out for an increase in pedestrians to the area particularly crossing the road to attend the event.
Event organisers warn that tickets should be purchased via Moshtix and attendees will need valid identification to enter the event.
If you are attending the event remember to act responsibly, drink plenty of water and look out for your friends.