Big NYE for Butlers

Pub gets festival's acts

KIRSTY MCMURRAY
Last updated 13:09 05/12/2013

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Oakura will be booming this New Year's Eve after two big name bands were pulled from the La De Da festival and will instead play at Butlers Reef.

Kora and Katchafire have been confirmed as the headline acts at the pub on New Year's Eve.

Much More Music director Peter Campbell said he was extremely disappointed to have to pull the bands from the popular Martinborough festival.

"To have to reorganise shows at this late stage, at the busiest time of year, not to mention the cost of a new venue, promotion, travel and accommodation, it's a last resort really."

He said the acts had been moved from the festival because of "unfulfilled contractual obligations" but would not elaborate further in case legal action was taken.

Instead of entertaining more than 7000 people at Daisybank Farm in Martinborough, the bands are expected to pack out the considerably smaller Butlers Reef which has a capacity of around 1800.

Mr Campbell said other venues had been considered.

"There were other options but it's really down the bands, it was their decision."

Butlers co-owner Kymon Hill said he was thrilled the bands had chosen to bring in the new year at his establishment.

"They are two really good acts and if they bring people to Taranaki then that's fantastic. It's really hard to get big names on New Year's Eve."

He said he was surprised to have been offered the acts earlier today, but immediately agreed to host the show.

"It's pretty great. I think all the acts are going to be awesome."

Kora and Katchafire were already lined up to play at Butlers Reef on December 30, but that show has been cancelled.

Mr Hill said he understood people who had already bought tickets to the December 30 show would be able to transfer them to the New Year's Eve gig or have them refunded.

Tickets will be on sale this afternoon at www.eventticketing.co.nz and at Butlers Reef, Crowded House and the Mayfair from late tomorrow.

La De Da organisers the Martinborough Experience could not be contacted.

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