Is it possible to make new_field a true multi value field, so that a particular event could have a list of values and I can search on new_field=value1 rather than new_field=value1* or new_field=*value2?
@adam.reber - Were you able to test out gvmorley's solution? Did it work? If yes, please don't forget to resolve this post by clicking on "Accept". If you still need more help, please provide a comment with some feedback. Thanks!