Mitch Lowe and Pato Alvarez have established themselves as major players on the New Zealand festival market – and are now keen to explore new opportunities in Australia and other overseas markets.

Their companies Audiology and Pato Entertainment are behind some of the country’s fastest growing festivals and 2019 is shaping up to their biggest year yet.

Their Bay Dreams Festival in Mount Maunganui – now in its fourth year – has already sold out, as has an inaugural sister event in Nelson. Meanwhile, there are only a limited number of tickets available for Soundsplash in Raglan, the newest addition to their roster.

Lowe and Alvarez first worked together in 2010 but it was Bay Dreams Festival – which began in 2016 – that cemented their partnership, and their business has grown exponentially over the last three years.

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While they still see plenty of opportunities to grow in New Zealand, they are already looking further afield.

“We’ve already done a few things overseas, although they have been on a smaller scale,” Alvarez says. “We have booked shows in Rarotonga and Fiji, and I am looking at doing some events in Hawaii. We’re in no hurry to expand overseas, but we have a lot of ambition and NZ is a relatively small market.”

Australia is also in their sights and they are keen to build on their existing relationships with local promoters.