Big birthday bash canned

Palmerston North's biggest musical birthday bash will be put on hold this year.

Tankapalooza was started six years ago by Aaron "Tank" Shirriffs when he sold his Bobcat digger to fund a two-band concert for his birthday.

Since then it has grown to a 12-hour event, last year featuring nearly 30 bands and an audience of 400.

But Shirriffs said growing work commitments meant this year's event had to be called off.

He said there would not be enough time to give the event the focus it deserved.

"If we're going do it I don't want to do it any less than awesome, otherwise it's just not fair on the crowd and the bands," he said.

"This is not the end of the Tankapalooza festival; it is just a hiatus for this year."

Shirriffs said the festival's return would be big.

"Last year was huge, so we want next year to be even bigger. We just want to keep increasing the production value and go from there."

This year's event was scheduled for September 27. Tickets will be refunded.

Manawatu Standard