21 May 2015

New Years eve organisers get tougher

12:51 am on 21 May 2015

Organisers of the Rhythm and Vines music festival in Gisborne have made major changes to its alcohol policy and have put an end to a beachside festival, following last year's riot.

The riot took place at the BW Summer Festival, which runs alongside but separate to Rhythm and Vines.

The riot took place at the BW Summer Festival, which runs alongside but separate to Rhythm and Vines. Photo: Ollie Neas

Sixty-three people were arrested and 83 were injured in the riot which was sparked by two groups from neighbouring campgrounds at the BW Summer Festival, which runs alongside but separate to Rhythm and Vines.

The riot at Midway Beach involved cans of alcohol being thrown, cars overturned and tents set alight.

Rhythm and Vines' co-founder Hamish Pinkham said they are taking over those campgrounds, which will no longer host entertainment or be BYO.

"We're taking a bit of a stand in the campgrounds to ensure that the entertainment can all take place in a more measured environment which you know we've had great success at, at Rhythm and Vines itself."

Hamish Pinkham said the on-site campgrounds will continue to allow limited BYO and alcohol limits will also be enforced at the Rhythm and Vines concert itself.

He said they hope the changes will attract a more mature demographic.

Chase and Status play Rhythm & Vines 2014 on 30 December near Gisborne.

Rhythm & Vines 2014. Photo: Rhythm & Vines / Alexander Hallag

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