AUCKLAND, NZ (CelebrityAccess) — A major new music festival in New Zealand has canceled a little over a month before it was due to launch, with the promoter citing poor ticket sales.
The two-day Echo Festival was due to take place at Auckland’s Vector Arena on January 11 & 12 with a line-up featuring major international acts including Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Jamie xx, Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco, Alison Wonderland and Kurt Vile.
In a post on the festival's website, festival director Paxton Talbot said the cancellation has come after much consideration of all options.
"Despite this world class line-up of artists, and a strong promotional campaign and apparent public support, the event simply hasn't had sufficient ticket sales to date to make the festival viable, we have today made the hugely difficult decision to cancel the event. It would not be fair on the bands, the suppliers or the audience if we were to continue pursuing the project,” Talbot said.
Poor ticket sales weren't the only headwinds for the event, which was forced to drop a day, change names and relocate from its original location in McLaren Valley near Tauranga, after negotiations failed to address concerns of local residents. – Staff Writers