Ge­orge in the Park con­cert un­der re­view

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Auck­land DJ Peter Ur­lich says he will think twice about per­form­ing again at Ge­orge in the Park af­ter the event was marred by drunken chaos.

The free con­cert was put on by Auck­land Coun­cil, at Coyle Park in Pt Cheva­lier on March 18, as part of its Mu­sic in the Parks se­ries, at­tract­ing more than 13,000 peo­ple.

The fam­ily day out turned into drunken chaos with re­ports of peo­ple uri­nat­ing and defe­cat­ing on nearby prop­er­ties.

One man found him­self in strife af­ter fall­ing off a cliff into an es­tu­ary.

Ur­lich said he was un­aware of the be­hav­iour ex­hib­ited both at and af­ter the event but was dis­turbed by what had hap­pened.

‘‘It was a great day, beau­ti­ful park and a great pro­duc­tion and it’s a shame a few peo­ple can’t be ma­ture enough.’’

Ur­lich said the lo­cal neigh­bour­hood shouldn’t have to put up with poor be­hav­iour.

‘‘We love do­ing these open air things, but if there’s go­ing to be peo­ple that are go­ing to be­have like that then we’ll think twice about do­ing it again.’’

Auck­land Coun­cil event man­ager David Burt said coun­cil was dis­ap­pointed by some con­cert­go­ers’ ac­tions.

‘‘We are very un­happy, with how the event ended, as the ex­tremely poor be­hav­iour ex­hib­ited by some at­ten­dees clearly did not re­flect the fun, fam­ily-friendly event we had planned,’’ he said.

The event organisers planned for 38 se­cu­rity guards to be on site at all times.

‘‘Our se­cu­rity plan was con­sis­tent with other con­certs the coun­cil de­liv­ers of this size, how­ever we did not an­tic­i­pate the be­hav­iour seen at this year’s event,’’ Burt said.

Auck­land Coun­cil will con­duct a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of the event with in­put from spon­sors and po­lice.

‘‘Un­til this has been com­pleted, we won’t be able to com­ment on the fu­ture of the event,’’ Burt said.

De­mon En­ergy was the ma­jor spon­sor of the event and on the whole were pleased with the run­ning of the event.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Nolan said a small num­ber of con­cert go­ers were poorly be­haved.

‘‘As with all our spon­sor­ships, we will de­brief with Auck­land Coun­cil, Me­di­aWorks and other par­ties be­fore mak­ing any de­ci­sion on fu­ture events,’’ Nolan said.

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A man fell into the es­tu­ary af­ter the Ge­orge in the Park event.

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