Festival organisers promise refunds after festival moves

  • 15/10/2015

A three-day music festival being billed as New Zealand's answer to Glastonbury and Coachella will now be held in central Auckland.

The McLaren Valley Music and Arts Festival was scheduled to be held in January at McLaren Falls Park near Tauranga.

But festival organisers have been forced to pull the pin on that venue, with ongoing negotiations with residents in the area failing to resolve a number of outstanding issues.

A truncated two-day festival will be held on January 11 and 12 at a central Auckland location, which has not yet been confirmed.

"We have been working extremely hard for many months to go through the resource consent process, but ultimately we needed to make a decision to move the festival," director Paxton Talbot said.

"We did explore a range of other options in the Bay of Plenty and other areas, but Auckland is the best solution given the timeframe."

Ticket holders, including those who had already bought camping tickets, will be offered full refunds.

There will be options to transfer tickets to the new event.

More details will be announced on October 28.

The line-up included a number of big international acts including Disclosure, The Flaming Lips and Alison Wonderland.