If you were excited about Auckland City Limits returning this summer, don't be.

The festival has now been pushed back a year to return in March 2018.

Campbell Smith, from organiser CRS Presents said in a statement: "Our intent, as always, is to stage a world-class music festival in Auckland.

"The inaugural Auckland City Limits delivered on that promise this year with Kendrick Lamar, The National and more than 40 other artists. It was a brilliant event that we are proud of and want to expand on in the future.

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Rap megastar Kendrick Lamar headlined the inaugural Auckland City Limits music festival this year. Photo / Chris Loufte.
Rap megastar Kendrick Lamar headlined the inaugural Auckland City Limits music festival this year. Photo / Chris Loufte.

Because of the lineup as well as the venue, vibe and extra activities, Auckland City Limits was a hit this year.

There were some downsides however, with sets running behind time, technical difficulties causing cringe-worthy moments, and queues for food and facilities dampening the mood.

However, Smith says the festival will return better than ever.

"We remain committed to bringing the best Auckland City Limits experience possible to New Zealand," he says.

"We will return in March 2018 with an equally strong artist line up and an intensified focus on providing festival-goers with an unforgettable day."