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Fans are fuming after police have warned anyone heading to UK electro group Above & Beyond‘s show in Sydney this weekend will be denied entry if a sniffer dog makes any indication they have or have had drugs on their person.

If you or any one you know has been wrongfully refused from this gig, we will represent you PRO BONO

Music.com.au has stated…

Punters have slammed the call which suggests they could be refused entry into the gig despite not having drugs on them at all. Check out some of the responses below.

A statement posted to the NSW Police website reads, “Police warn that drug detection dogs will patrol the venue and can detect the presence of prohibited drugs or someone who has recently had drugs on them. If a dog makes an indication you will be denied entry”.

South West Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell, warned people against considering bringing drugs to the event which takes place at Sydney Showground on Saturday night.

“These dance parties can be a dangerous environment, particularly when alcohol and illegal drugs are involved,” Thurtell said.

“We all know there is no quality control in the production of illicit drugs and you are putting your life at risk.

“Police will exclude any person from the venue that the drug dog indicates has or who has recently had drugs on them, regardless of whether drugs are located.

“Quite simply, if you handle or use drugs you will not be permitted to remain at the venue.”

Promoters Symbiotic have assured any punter denied entry will receive a full refund.

It follows last month’s Midnight Mafia rave in Sydney, where some attendees allege they were denied entry despite failed drug searches by police.

Above & Beyond will perform in Melbourne on Friday night before moving on to Sydney; click on theGuide for more details.

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