Falls Festival has reached a settlement with the first members of what is expected to be a multi-million dollar class action following a crowd crush at the 2016 event that led some attendees to believe they would die.
On the eve of the 76-person class action heading to trial in the Supreme Court, festival organisers Ash Sounds Pty Ltd agreed to payouts for six attendees who were suing for "significant injury".
Maddens Lawyers, who are leading the class action, said they expect Ash Sounds Pty Ltd to settle with the remaining claimants before the next court date in September.
That includes up to 25 people also intending to claim for significant injury - generally defined as sustained serious pain and suffering.
Maddens Lawyers senior principal Brendan Pendergast has previously said he was expecting each significant injury claim to attract a six-figure payout. Successful "significant injury" claims can exceed $200,000, meaning Falls Festival could face a payout bill of several million dollars.
On December 30, 2016, hundreds of festival attendees became caught in a crush as they rushed from an indoor tent to another stage at the annual Lorne event.
Twenty-nine people were hospitalised and Ambulance Victoria assessed 80 people at the scene.
Last month Justice Michael McDonald ordered the cases of six festival attendees who had acquired medical certification of "significant injury" to proceed to a judge-only trial from mid-June.
However it was revealed on Tuesday that the six claimants had settled, with the next court date set for September 10.
Mr Pendergast said he was optimistic each of the remaining class action members would reach settlements "fairly shortly".
"The balance is not resolved, but we believe there are some quite active negotiations under way between the parties now," he said.
Those not suing for significant injury could receive between $3000 and $10,000 for medical expenses, loss of income or loss of property.
Injuries to people caught in the crush included open fractures, permanent scarring and psychological impact, the court previously heard.
Ash Sounds Pty Ltd admitted negligence in November, but were unable to agree on payouts until now.
Mr Pendergast said many of the members of the class action experienced a "terrifying event".
"The problem with serious injury settlements is a substantial sum of money does assist, and is sometimes of enormous assistance, but it doesn't overwrite the injury or correct the problem," he said.
"The six claimants are relieved there's been a resolution, but unfortunately it can never be a complete fix."
Those six people were paid different amounts depending on their individual cases, according to Mr Pendergast.
A Falls Festival spokeswoman said: "As the proceedings are still ongoing, we are not in a position to comment further."
Olivia Jones, 19, previously said she thought she was going to die during the stampede. She had bruised ribs, legs and deep cuts to her knee.
"There were people lying there, unconscious, not moving. I thought the people around me were dead," she said.
Melbourne woman Michela Joy Burke, lead plaintiff of the class action, lost feeling in her arm immediately after the crush.
"She has a condition with the nerves in one of her arms, which prohibits her from physical activity," her lawyer Min Guo previously told court.
Mr Pendergast said Ms Burke's injuries have not been deemed "significant", and she has not yet reached a settlement with Ash Sounds Pty Ltd.
The Agewith Anthony Colangelo, Erin Pearson