Promoters in Australia have warned that revellers using Facebook and Twitter to co-ordinate simultaneous mass gate-crashing attempts are threatening the future of the festivals.

Future Entertainments chief Jason Ayoubi told the Herald Sun the problem is the ‘worst it’s ever been’ while Stereosonic Festival chief Richie McNeill described how hundreds of youths started ‘howling like wolves’  and throwing bottles in December when security successfully prevented them from breaking in.

"These kids are coming military style, with overalls, caps and backpacks, with bolt-cutters and tools," Mr McNeill told the Herald Sun, "They're going out like SAS overnight fence-cutting Green Berets. I haven't seen this level of organisation before,” he added.

In more Australian festival news, 18 people were arrested ‘trying to jump the fence’ at Sydney’s Big Day Out Festival this week while over 350 more people were arrested for other offences at the two day event, most for drugs possession charges detected at the front gate by sniffer dogs.

"Year after year we repeat the same warnings before the event starts,” dog cop Superintendent Rod Smith said in a statement, “But every year there are still people who stupidly try to get past us and fail," he added (Sydney Morning Herald: http://tinyurl.com/yb3r2ps)

Passive sniffer cops also snared 74 unlucky revellers trying to sneak drugs into Melbourne's Kiss My Grass dance party last weekend to the chagrin of head of operations Acting Detective Inspector Mark Zervaas.

"There is this idea with some young people that taking drugs enhances their day out,” he complained (also in an official statement), "Make no mistake, there is no such thing as a safe party drug,” he pleaded (Herald Sun: http://tinyurl.com/y9psyan)

Article by Jonty Skrufff (http://skrufff.com): Follow Jonty on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jontyskrufff

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