Spilt Milk festival draws tens of thousands to boogie in the 30-degree heat
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Spilt Milk festival draws tens of thousands to boogie in the 30-degree heat

About 25,000 Spilt Milk revellers danced at Canberra's Commonwealth Park on Saturday with ACT police reporting one arrest for drunk and disorderly behaviour.

Temperatures soared up to 30 degrees in the late afternoon on Saturday, but a storm warning was issued for the ACT later in the evening.

Spilt Milk festival goers watch electronic duo Vallis Alps on Saturday.

Spilt Milk festival goers watch electronic duo Vallis Alps on Saturday.

Punters raised concerns about sunscreen and over the counter medications, like paracetamol, being confiscated upon entry.

A spokeswoman for Spilt Milk's organiser, Kicks Entertainment, said this was standard policy and these items were freely available inside the grounds.

"It's there to protect our patrons. We want to keep every single person safe and unfortunately to do that we have to bring in some rules," the spokeswoman said.

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Besides that the spokeswoman said the festival had enjoyed a great day.

Police took three people into custody from the event. One was arrested and accused of assault, and the other two were taken to the watchhouse for being drunk and disorderly.

Spilt Milk operational commander Superintendent Stephen Turnbull said police were pleased the vast majority of people were there to enjoy themselves rather than cause trouble.

"With events like this, we want people to have fun and enjoy themselves in a way that doesn't require the intervention of police," he said.

Plans for a pill-testing tent at Spilt Milk were axed in October.

Spilt Milk's debut last year saw police seize a small amount of drugs and the taking of two festival goers into protective custody for being drunk.

A report commissioned by Kicks Entertainment estimated the festival injected $25 million into the ACT's economy during its short two year history in Canberra.

This included interstate visitors, locals from Queanbeyan or Canberra, and the projected expenditure from returning guests.

It estimated interstate visitors had spent $17.4 million in the bush capital, including spending on accommodation, food and travel costs.

The $17.4 million also included the money spent on hiring staff, equipment and government fees.

It estimated return visits by revellers would put $4.6 million into Canberra businesses in the 12 months following both events.

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This year's lineup saw the likes of Lorde, Remi, Sampa the Great, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Dune Rats and Tash Sultana.

Pill-testing advocates were still keen to bring the trial to next year's Groovin' the Moo festival.

Finbar O'Mallon is a reporter for The Canberra Times