29 Sep 2021

Vaccine passports in time for summer music festivals

From Nine To Noon, 9:07 am on 29 September 2021
Fireworks display to welcome in 2016 at Rhythm and Vines, in Gisborne

Photo: Jared Donkin

Summer music festivals are gearing up to add checking vaccine passports to the list of requirements for admission to large events. 

Yesterday Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson announced that work on a vaccine passport app was underway and would be ready in just over a month.

However it's still a nail-biting wait for festival organisers as the summer season draws nearer, with most of the country still at alert level two. Under level two restrictions, events can only have a maximum of 100 people in an indoor or outdoor space.

Further complicating the concert and festival circuit is the country's MIQ system, which makes it difficult to bring in top billing international acts.

Kathryn speaks to Hamish Pinkham, co-founder and director of Rhythm and Vines. Hamish is also launching a new series of festivals called Golden Sounds this summer. 

She also speaks to Mark Kneebone, the managing director of Live Nation, the entertainment company bringing some big names to New Zealand shores next year, including Rod Stewart, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles and Stormzy. 

Police have issued advice on how to keep safe during festivals and socialising during the summer months.

Photo: LDR/ Paul Rickard/The Gisborne Herald