Promoters pull plug after poor Aussie performance
IT MAY return to Auckland in 2016 but the fact that next year’s Big Day Out has been canned could cost the city more than $2 million.
Regional Facilities Auckland says this year’s event contributed $2.7m to the city’s gross domestic product.
About 41,000 fans attended the January 17 event, including more than 14,000 from outside Auckland, RFA’s stadium management arm director Paul Nisbet says.
Organisers hold the resource consent to host the festival at Western Springs for another four years despite the 2015 hiatus. Nisbet says there has been no breach of the five-year agreement between Big Day Out and RFA.
Big Day Out’s New Zealand promoter Campbell Smith says the decision came after the Australian tour performed poorly.
Smith says he is gutted the music festival will not return to Auckland next year.
‘‘We had a great show in New Zealand this year. I think we had the benefit of having a year off in 2013 and moving to a new venue [Western Springs].’’
The Big Day Out first came to New Zealand in 1994 and ran for 18 years at Mt Smart Stadium. But it has been plagued by financial woes in recent years.
The event found a new home at Western Springs Stadium this year after the 2013 event was cancelled.
Waitemata Local Board spokesman for arts and cul- ture Greg Moyle says this year’s Big Day Out was fantastic and important for people of all ages.
The board is ‘‘deeply disappointed’’ the 2015 festival has been canned but is ‘‘relieved’’ it appears it is on for 2016, he says.
Big Day Out does not cost the ratepayer much and organisers handle the event well, he says.
‘‘The promoters are taking the financial risk. We should work hard to help them.’’
Go to aucklandcityharbour news.co.nz and click Latest Edition to see highlights from Big Day Out 2014.