Raggamuffin switched to smaller venues earlier this year in Oz, now Oz shows are canned... saw quite a lot of speculation online that the cancellation was due to the rubbish lineup... Billy Ocean not considered very reggae, surprise surprise...From MTV Australia:
McManus Entertainment announced this morning that Raggamuffin festival will not be returning in 2012, instead taking a break and returning ‘bigger and better than ever’ in 2013.
The promoter Andrew McManus said in a statement:
“We are concentrating on building the New Zealand leg of Raggamuffin into a massive two day festival.
“With 30,000 people attending the New Zealand shows in previous years, we are looking to double this in coming years. This growth will enable us to return to Australia in 2013 bigger and better than ever”.
Australian reggae fans will, however, be able to see several Raggamuffin acts play during a theatre tour, the details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Refunds for ‘Raggamuffin 2012’ pre sale tickets are available from the point of purchase."
ADDED McManus plans to double attendance of the Rotorua event in coming years. Current venue, Rotorua International Stadium has a capacity of 40,0000, so either he changes venues, or cities.