Con­cert un­der re­view

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - CA­TRIN OWEN

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 at the ‘‘ex­tremely poor be­hav­iour ex­hib­ited by some at­ten­dees’’.

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


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

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