Auckland's Laneway Festival 2021 cancelled due to COVID-19

Auckland's Laneway Festival 2021 cancelled due to COVID-19
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The organisers of Laneway Festival Auckland say it will not go ahead as planned this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The annual summer gig, which usually takes place in Auckland's Albert Park, has been pushed to 2022 amid uncertainty around the lifting of border restrictions and the possibility of future coronavirus outbreaks. 

A statement about the cancellation said that the "disappointing" announcement came after "much deliberation", adding that the current circumstances had created an "extremely tough environment for festivals". 

"We take pride in delivering an absolutely premium event year after year but in these conditions we do not believe we can operate to our full capabilities," the statement read. 

"We have decided that it would be best to take a year off so that we're in a strong position to come back bigger and better than ever. Sending our love and support to all our loyal crew and suppliers who we hope to see again, along with all the punters, in summer 2022." 

Previous Laneway Festival lineups have boasted an array of international acts, including Charli XCX, Florence and the Machine and Billie Eilish.