Auckland’s Laneway Festival changes location in ‘bittersweet’ move

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Auckland’s Laneway Festival is changing venue next year after unprecedented demand for tickets forced the ‘bittersweet’ move.

Originally scheduled for Albert Park, the January 30 event will now be held in Western Springs to accommodate more music fans.

Festival producer Julian Carswell said: “We were blown away by 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. “

The festival has sold out in just 90 minutes after an almost three-year hiatus since the last edition – but anyone who misses out has another chance to get a ticket with the venue change, and more are expected to be available via ticket master.

Danny Rogers, one of the festival’s co-founders, said “the decision to move is bittersweet”.

Local band The Beths will be on next year's programme.

“Albert Park has been our beloved home since 2017. Our team has been working hard to ensure we bring the magic of Laneway to the new venue, which will have improved production but will still feel uniquely Laneway,” he said. declared.

Australian indie rockers the Jungle Giants have also been added to the lineup, joining previously announced headliners Haim, Joji and Phoebe Bridgers. Carswell said organizers “couldn’t let people miss the chance to see some of the world’s most exciting performers, many of whom are coming to Auckland for the first time”.

All Albert Park tickets will still be valid for the new venue.

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