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Music promoter Campbell Smith launches new music festival MUSIC promoter Campbell Smith says the Big Day Out is gone for now, but his new festival – Auckland City Limits – will be even better.

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MUSIC promoter Campbell Smith says the Big Day Out is gone for now, but his new festival – Auckland City Limits – will be even better.

Smith said the event would boast 40 bands across four stages at the city’s Western Springs park on March 19 next year and promised a “unique” show with some “heavyweight” names headlining.

“We don’t have any intention of doing another Big Day Out at the moment, but this is the event we think that Auckland wants now,” Smith said.

He said Auckland City Limits, which would be partnered with the long-running Austin City Limits festival in Texas, would offer a much broader appeal.

“If you’re the fan who wants to go and see 28 bands, and run around and see all the lead acts, you can, but people are looking for a little bit more for festivals these days so we have a focus on great Auckland restaurants on site, comedy, and arts,” Smith said. Under-tens would get free tickets for a spin-off called ‘Auckland Kiddy Limits’.

“The schedule is definitely busy, but we don’t think there is anything like what we are doing in this space: this is unique,” Smith said. “It will be broad, across all genres, and there will be some very heavyweight artists at the top of the bill and something for everyone.”

Smith said Western Springs was the right venue for a festival and said he wished he had done every Big Day Out – not just the last edition in 2014 – at the park.
The event is a three-way partnership between music touring giants Live Nation, Smith’s company CRS and Austin City Limits’ owners C3 and Smith said they were committed “for the foreseeable future” to the festival being a long-term part of the Kiwi music calendar.

Smith said they would make line-up announcements soon and have tickets on sale next month, but urged fans to register on their site now for a limited pre-sale of $99 tickets.

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