Cheaper rival to Gathering party

Christchurch Press, 6 November 2000

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A backlash against higher ticket prices for the popular Gathering dance party in Golden Bay has prompted a Takaka man to hold his own, cheaper event. Richard Lochner's plans have drawn criticism from the Gathering organisers, who are calling his event the Anti-Gathering.

The two events are expected to attract up to 20,000 people to Golden Bay and Gathering chief executive Murray Kingi said the region would not be able to cope. Mr Lochner said there was enormous support for the Vision Party, to be held in Hamama, 20km from the Gathering's Upper Takaka site. Tickets to this year's Gathering cost $160 for the four-day event from December 31. Mr Lochner said tickets to the Vision Party would cost $65 each. --NZPA

Christchurch Press, 6 November 2000

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