Gemma Thom was 17-years-old when she bought her tickets and headed off to Perth’s Big Day Out music festival with friends.
“It’s going to be hot, you need to make sure you drink lots of water. Go to the first aid tent and get some suncream on”, her mum told her as she walked out of the house.
“Yes, Mum, yes, Mum, stop lecturing me, it’s fine,” was the typical teenage reply from Gemma.
Gemma went to the festival with 40,000 other revelers. And she never came home.
After taking three ecstasy pills, the trainee hairdresser collapsed and was rushed to hospital where she died 12 hours later.