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Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2008 5:27:28 AM

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By Kathy McCabe

December 20, 2008 12:00am

THE Raggamuffin music festival has had to move its event from Byron Bay after the local council delayed approving their development application for more than four months.

It is the second festival in just months which has changed venues because of bureaucratic procrastination. The resurrected Byron Arts And Music festival, which was due to be held on January 7 and 8, shifted to Brisbane because of "regulatory hurdles".

And Splendour In The Grass organisers remain at loggerheads with local authorities and a small group of residents calling themselves the Coalition For Festival Sanity in their efforts to move the annual winter event from Belongil to their own site at Yelgun.

The Raggamuffin reggae event, featuring Ziggy Marley, Eddy Grant, Ali Campbell and others, announced this week it would move the Australia Day celebration which attracts about 3000 people - to Ballina.

Promoter Andrew McManus said four months after applying for council approval for the small event at Red Devil Park he was advised that the local traffic committee was concerned about the volume of vehicles in the area during the summer holidays.

He was shocked by the last-minute objection considering the event was held at the same venue in early February this year without any hassles.


Heading out for the East Coast / Lord knows I've paid some dues gettin' through, / Tangled up in blues.
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