Earthcore Festival founder Spiro Boursine dies in police custody
Earthcore Festival founder Spiro Boursine has died at the age of 45.
During the early hours of the morning on Saturday, Spiro Boursine, founder of Earthcore in Victoria, died after an altercation at a local bar ensued.
Officers were called to Antique Bar in Elsenwick, Melbourne following reports of a man abusing patrons and “acting violently.”
The man, identified as Spiro Boursine, was pinned to the ground before being handcuffed by police.
It is alleged that he lost consciousness while in police custody, and despite attempts made by paramedics to revive him he later died on the scene.
A post mortem examination is to be conducted to try and determine the exact cause of death, though it is understood that he experienced heart issues in the past.
Boursine has been at the helm of Earthcore since it’s inception back in 1992, growing it from a small party into one of the biggest dates on the Ozzie festival calendar.
Can’t have good without the bad
As is the case with many festivals and promoters, Spiro had his fair share of trouble.
In the 2016 instalment of Earthcore, a woman was found dead and 9 people were arrested for drug related offenses.
Last November Earthcore faced serious controversy after cancelled headliners alleged they pulled out due to lack of payment, as is reported in MixMag.
Despite these shortcomings, he is still a major part of creating a subculture in Australia, as former general manager of Earthcore, Gary ‘Binaural’ Neal, told The Age.
“[He] created a subculture in Australia that turned in to one of the biggest alternative community followings that I think Australia’s got within the dance scene,” Mr Neal said. “I mean, it created dance, it created fashion … it became a lifestyle for many, many people.”
Either way, it is a sad day for the scene in Australia, as they lay to rest Earthcore festival founder Spiro Boursine- may he rest in peace.