Dozens injured in Australian music festival stampede

Almost 20 people have been hospitalised and dozens more injured after a stampede at a music festival in Australia.

Thousands were at the Falls Festival in Lorne, on Victoria's southwest coast, where Childish Gambino and London Grammar were headlining.

The crush happened around 10pm on Friday as people were trying to leave a performance by Australian rock band DMA's to see London Grammar.

Nineteen people were left with serious injuries, while paramedics assessed 60 others.

Police say the incident started when people at the front of the crowd lost their footing trying to leave.

In all, 13 women and six men in their late teens to late 20s were taken to hospital with a range of injuries including rib, leg, hip, pelvic fractures, possible spinal injuries, head and facial injuries and cuts.

A post on the festival's Facebook page said the bands set to play on the Grand Theatre stage, where the incident happened, were suspended for the rest of the night. They were set to resume as normal on Saturday.

It noted medical staff were immediately on hand to help, and no critical injuries were recorded.

The Lorne leg of the festival began on December 28, culminating in tonight's New Year's Eve performances before it moves on to Marion Bay in Tasmania.


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