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New international music festival coming to Auckland in 2016

Sep 24, 2015 Music

Splore and Laneway festival are the beating heart of summer for alternative music fans, but when it comes to mainstream international music, since the canning of Big Day Out this year there’s been a bit of a void.

The team behind Big Day Out – Auckland promoter CRS Presents, in partnership with C3 Presents and Live Nation Entertainment – have today announced the inaugural Auckland City Limits music festival, which will take place on Saturday 19th March 2016 at Western Springs stadium and park.

The line-up of major international acts and supporting local talent will be announced in early October. If its sister festival Austin City Limits is anything to go by, some genuinely big names will feature among the 40-artist line-up.

In the fashion of modern music festivals, the day aims to satisfy as a cultural event too, with food stalls, local artworks, an artisinal market, clothes stalls, a kids zone and a dedicated area for TED Talks-style presentations and discussions.

“We want to produce a live music and festival experience that is memorable and spectacular, that expands the format into what we know people want from a music festival nowadays and that is created and curated solely and specifically for Auckland,” says Campbell Smith, partner, CRS Presents.

Fans can sign up for the official membership email list at and follow Auckland City Limits Music Festival Facebook and Twitter to be notified of an opportunity to purchase a limited quantity of super Early Bird discount tickets.





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