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Venue change: 2021's Reggae in the Park, traditionally held in Queenstown Gardens, is being moved to St Omer Park

By MATTHEW MCKEW

Reggae in the Park’s back for another year to celebrate the legacy of Jamaican music legend Bob Marley — but it’ll be held in a new location.

Thousands annually pack in to Queenstown Gardens every February 6 to listen to the funky tunes, but council’s busy making upgrades there, so today’s party’s moved to St Omer Park.

Organiser Tyrone Morehu, best known as DJ Pops, says he’s got no complaints about the temporary switch, estimating a lower turnout than usual.

‘‘About 50-60% of the people we get normally are backpackers or visitors.’’

He thinks instead of 4000-5000 revellers, numbers will be closer to 2000 this year.

Morehu says catering vehicles aren’t allowed on the site and he hopes that means more family picnics and chilled vibes.

‘‘We do have fundraiser tents, though, like Queenstown Cat Rescue will be doing a sausage sizzle.’’

Chilled vibes: Organiser Tyrone Morehu, aka DJ Pops

Last year fans came to the rescue of the vent, raising $2500 to combat Queenstown council’s security and litter fears.

Morehu says Reggae in the Park’s become an iconic day in the town’s calendar.

He also points out Ngai Tahu’s taken over running Waitangi Day celebrations, and that’s why his event is more focused on the music.

‘‘It’s Bob Marley’s birthday and it just happens to fall on Waitangi Day.’’

Today, local DJs will hit the decks alongside those from Christchurch, Kaikoura and Dunedin from noon till 6pm.

matthew.mckew@scene.co.nz