Auckland Laneway Festival moves from traditional Albert Park venue after quick sell-out

Laneway Festival
The Laneway Festival is moving venues. Photo credit: Supplied

The upcoming 2023 Laneway Festival is changing its Auckland venue, moving from its traditional home of Albert Park in Auckland's CBD to Western Springs after selling out in just 90 minutes.

The show has been held at Albert Park since 2017, a venue that holds up to 13,000 people. The new Western Springs venue means 30,000 people will be able to attend. 

The 2023 event will take place on Auckland Anniversary Day on January 30.

Organisers announced in September Laneway was returning for the first time in three years after the COVID-19 pandemic had forced a hiatus.

Tickets for the show, which includes such acts as Finneas, The Beths, Haim and Phoebe Bridgers, sold out in record time.

"We were blown away with the demand and after being away for so long it was clear we needed to find a way to allow more of our audience to be able to experience Laneway," Julian Carswell, Executive Producer of Laneway Auckland said. 

"We couldn't let people miss out on the chance to see some of the world's most exciting artists, many coming to Auckland for the first time."

Organisers say the decision to move is a "bittersweet" one.

"Albert Park has been our much-loved home since 2017," said Danny Rogers, Laneway Festival co-founder. 

"Our team is working hard to ensure we bring the magic of Laneway to the new venue, which will have improved production but still feel uniquely Laneway."

General public tickets for the new venue go on sale Thursday, October 27 at 9am