People will no longer be able to bring boxes of booze to the alternative music festival set to replace Hawera's Push Bike Pub Crawl.
Last year's inaugural Alt-Fest, headlined by Kiwi rockers I Am Giant at the Egmont A&P Showgrounds, was a BYO event organised by South Taranaki District Council.
The liquor licence recently came up for review for the 2012 follow-up, loosely scheduled for December 15.
Police supported the concept - giving 16-30-year-olds a fun event in a controlled environment compared to the crackdowns associated with the pub crawl - but were against people attending bringing their own alcohol.
Phil Waite, STDC's economic development and tourism manager, said this year they will trial licensed areas for purchasing drinks to "make it a bit safer".
"It will just help us to probably better manage the levels of alcohol consumption at the venue on the day.
"It was a police recommendation and even our security firm said we would find it easier to manage."
Mr Waite said they will discuss who will run the licensed areas with Hawera bar owners and police when they have their regular meeting next month.
On December 17 last year security escorted a handful of drunken patrons out of the showgrounds, while police made two arrests for fighting and disorderly behaviour.
Police area commander Frank Grant welcomed the changes.
"We have a little bit more control when it's like that and people can purchase the alcohol at the venue."
A large police contingent followed last year's Hawera Push Bike Pub Crawl, despite the atrocious wet weather that dampened down numbers on both the ride and at Alt-Fest.
Mr Grant said police will decide closer to the date if they show up again in similar force.
"It depends on the communication that takes place between now and then through the various social media forums."
Mr Waite said organisers will look to keep the same six-hour format as last year with a DJ, Taranaki group and then the headline act.
No group has been chosen yet but STDC is negotiating with Auckland-based promoters Muchmore Music. Artists on the promoters' books include Shihad, Trinity Roots, King Cannons and Ladi6.
The show will again be R16, with the prospect ticket prices may rise from the $27 of 2011.
Mr Waite was still optimistic of the event breaking even, which would need a crowd of around 1200.
ALT-Fest cost the council $45,205 to run last December.
There were 638 tickets sold, leaving a net loss of $20,591.
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