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New Zealand's Raggamuffin Music Festival Postponed

AUCKLAND, NZ (CelebrityAccess) – Organizers for the New Zealand-based Raggamuffin Music Festival announced that the event would be postponed until later in the year due to slow ticket sales.

The 10th edition of the reggae festival was due to take place on February 18th at The Trusts Arena in Auckland but promoter Andrew McManus now says that the event will take place in November 2017.

McManus cited a busy events market in Auckland and transportation snafus as reasons for the postponement.

“Ticket sales for the Festival have slowed in recent weeks and appear to have been impacted by various factors including an announcement that train services will now not be available on the event date due to track work being done.

“Patron comfort, security and the importance of protecting local suppliers is paramount and was at the forefront of this decision. With these factors in mind, we have no option but to postpone Raggamuffin X to November 2017,” Mr. McManus said in a statement posted to the fest's website.

“This will give us time to work through campaigns and the overall success of the project both in New Zealand and for associated concerts in Australia,” he added.

McManus said previously announced artists have indicated that they will be available for the revised date and also suggested that the festival may take place outside of Auckland.

“We sincerely apologize for inconveniences caused by this decision. I can assure all that every aspect has been reviewed and this decision has not been made lightly," he added.

McManus disclosed earlier this year that this year's Ragamuffin would be the finale for the event. – Staff Writers