22 Apr 2019

Two people die at music festival in Queensland, Australia

4:50 pm on 22 April 2019

The bodies of a 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman have been found inside a tent at a music festival on Queensland's Southern Downs.

Crowd at an outdoor music festival with outstretched arms

The Rabbits Eat Lettuce music festival is a four-day event. Photo: 123rf

Emergency services were called to the Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival at Elbow Valley, near Warwick, about 9.30am.

The cause of the pair's deaths is not yet known.

Police were investigating whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in their deaths and said a toxicology report would be completed for the coroner.

The festival, which began in 2008 on the New South Wales mid-north coast, is described as a "tribal Easter party" and a place of "freedom, love and dance music".

The four-day event started on Thursday and wrapped up last night.

The festival's organisers said in a statement they wanted to pass on their condolences to the pair's family and friends.

"Our thoughts and concerns are predominately for their wellbeing and privacy during this time," the statement said.

"It is truly heartbreaking to lose some beautiful souls that we consider part of our extended family."

The organisers said the wellbeing and safety of patrons was their number one priority.

"We have highly trained first-aid, professional paramedics working 24 hours during throughout the festival and an on-call doctor onsite," the statement said.

"In addition, Queensland Police and Queensland Ambulance are on duty in a user-pay capacity during the festival."

The statement continued: "We work together with authorities to ensure that the environment we provide is as safe as possible. The relevant bodies will be investigating to determine exactly what happened."

It said organisers wanted to "avoid any speculation" over the deaths.