By PHILIP CHANDLER
A Queenstown music promoter says it’s costing him thousands of dollars extra to relocate a big-name DJ.
Bryce Wrigley had been due to put on Andy C (pictured) — rated the world’s best drum and bass DJ over the past 11 years — at the resort’s biggest live music venue, Loco, on March 14.
Loco, however, fell victim to Covid and shut its doors last weekend.
Andy C’s now playing that date at council-owned Queenstown Memorial Centre.
‘‘There’s really no venues in town that are already licensed for us to use that are big enough without going through the whole process of renting the [Memorial Centre] through council and doing all the licensing and that sort of stuff,’’ Wrigley says.
Though he’ll get the bar take, he confirms the venue will still cost him thousands more than Loco.
While saying cheaper hall hire would be ideal, he’s still grateful to the council for providing a venue — ‘‘it’s not the council’s fault this is all happening’’.
As a result, however, ‘‘the breakeven for this show’s almost a sellout, where it was much less being at Loco’’.
Wrigley adds his shows also provide an economic benefit to Queenstown through pulling a lot of out-of-towners and employing about 10 to 15 people to put them on.
Compounding his problems, Wrigley says people have been slow to book Andy C due to uncertainty caused by changing Covid alert levels.
‘‘Since the [latest] Covid scare, our ticket sales have closed right down.
‘‘We do have a backup date pencilled in if it doesn’t go ahead because of alert levels.’’
UK-based Andy is currently in quarantine in an Auckland hotel along with his MC.