18 Sep 2015

Sweetwaters music festival director dies

11:46 am on 18 September 2015

Daniel Keighley, the director of the 1980s New Zealand music festival Sweetwaters, has died aged 63.

Daniel Keighley

Daniel Keighley Photo: audioculture.co.nz

Mr Keighley, who also managed bands such as the Muttonbirds, was a director of five of the music festivals at Ngaruawahia and Pukekawa between 1980 and 1984.

But an attempt to bring the festival back in 1999 failed to attract the crowds.

The failure left Mr Keighley bankrupt and owing about $2.7 million and Keighley was ultimately jailed for fraud in 2000.

He wrote Sweetwaters: The Untold Story, a book about his life in the music business and the behind-the-scenes battles at the festivals, in 2005.

He died this week in New Plymouth, where he had been working at a local radio station, after battling illness for some time.