Topic: Crime

R&V tightens up on alcohol supply

By Aroha Treacher

Organisers of the biggest New Year Music Festival have cracked down on the supply of alcohol at Rhythm and Vines.

There will be more than 15,000 revellers ready to party, but there will be limits on how much alcohol they can bring in.

Premium campers in R20 campgrounds will be allowed 20 cans of beer or 3 litres of wine. Others will have to buy drinks at the beer gardens on site.

Drink prices start at $3.50.

Owen Maurirere of Gisborne Police says, “The crowds here are very well behaved because there's entertainment here. They're kept amused by that.”

Security staff will check bags and any prohibited alcohol will be confiscated and those deemed too drunk will not be served alcohol.

Founder and Director, Hamish Pinkham says, “We're trying to run a world class event here in Gisborne and we've had a great safety record. I think we've had 12 arrests in the 13 years, something we're really proud of.”

More than 60 local and international artists will play for this year’s punters over a 3 day period.

Pinkham says, “We're set for a bumper year. We've got a whole mix of music from folk rock of Angus and Julius Stone to drum and bass of Pendulum and some hip hop with Scribe and P Money.”

Organisers plan to carry on providing more quality entertainment in years to come.

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