Queensland music festival to relocate after council ban

The organisers of the Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival said they will forge ahead with the event, despite being refused permission by a Queensland council.

Southern Downs Regional Council refused the organisers permission to hold another festival at Elbow Valley, near Warwick, this November after two apparent drug related deaths of festival goers last April.

“The music festival was denied approval after strong objection from the Queensland Police … as well as issues surrounding safety and community benefit,” the council said.

“In this instance, Rabbits Eat Lettuce has not provided sufficient measures to meet safety and application standards.”

Festival organisers Bohemian Beatfreaks said they had anticipated this outcome, describing the decision as based on “seemingly emotional abstract” reasons.

“When we became aware there might be issues with the Cherrabah Venue Permit back in June this year we promptly secured a replacement venue in southeast Queensland to guarantee the November festival will be going ahead,” a spokesperson told 7NEWS.com.au.

Bohemian Beatfreaks say they will reveal the new venue later this month.

“We run one of the safest festival environments in the country,” the spokesperson said.

“Some of our safety initiatives include registered paramedics, an event doctor and a fully equipped medical facility onsite.

“We also have drug and alcohol councillors, chill out areas and rovers which move around the event area checking on patrons.”