Festival's teething issues eased

GRANT BRYANT IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 05:00 09/06/2014

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Organisers behind the monster music festival Rhythm and Alps say they have worked hard to overcome teething problems ahead of tickets being released this month.

Rhythm Group head of marketing and PR Julie Warmington said there would be faster check-ins, more ticket processing lanes and more staff.

"There will also be increased bar areas and bar staff, a huge increase in camping areas - meaning there's much more space for all campers, more buses from the festival site to Wanaka and a new car park closer to the festival site."

Four thousand pre-sale tickets will go online on June 23.

"Due to the festival selling out last year we thought it only fair to give our fans a chance to get in early to secure tickets at pre-sale prices," Warmington said.

Keen punters will need to pre-register to get pre-sales.

The South Island's largest music festival shifted from Terrace Downs, near Methven, where it was held in 2011 and 2012, to Robrosa Station last year, up-sizing drastically.

While the Terrace Downs gigs attracted 3000 to 5000 people, the inaugural shift south attracted 10,000, surpassing promoters' expectations.

Staff were seconded from Gisborne, but the event's unexpected popularity meant there were some teething problems.

Pre-registration opens on June 10 at minttix.com at 6pm and ends on June 20 at 6pm.

Those who pre-register will be able to purchase tickets on June 23 from 6pm. General sales start on June 25 at 6pm.

Line-up announcements are expected in the next few months.

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- The Southland Times

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