Sixty-five people injured in a stampede at Australia’s Falls Festival in Lorne have launched a class action lawsuit which could total more than $1 million.

Up to 80 people were hurt, including 19 that were hospitalised, in a crowd crush at the long-running New Year’s event on December 30 while trying to exit the Grand Theatre tent following rock band DMA’s performance in a rush to get to London Grammar’s set at the main stage.

“That’s the basis of this action — predominantly in negligence of the organisers.”

Pendergast said damages of more than $1 million could be paid out but it was “very early days.”

Falls’ Jessica Ducrou said the event would go ahead at the end of this year and they were cooperating with government body WorkSafe in its investigation.

The festival has been criticised for poor planning, which some say allowed for a bottleneck to form at just three small exits out of the Grand Theatre.


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