Everything you need to know for Homegrown 2019

NZ 21/03/2019

After event organisers and promoters for New Zealand's annual music festival, Jim Beam Homegrown confirmed that their event will still go ahead this weekend, they have also announced that the festival will also pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Christchurch terror attacks.

At 9:25pm, all five stages will fall silent as all bands and artists will cut their music.

Homegrown chief executive Andrew Tuck said they wanted to express love and respect for the people caught up in the attack.

"One of the best things about great music is that it's blind to things like race, culture and religion and brings people from all walks of life together to stand shoulder to shoulder," he said.

"All of the Homegrown whanau, including all the performers, wanted to show respect to those caught up in the tragedy and give the audience the opportunity to come together as well."

Police will maintain a presence at the festival.

FESTIVAL OPENING TIME:

The gates will open at 12.30pm on Saturday, with the acts kicking off at 1pm and running through until 11pm. A full schedule is available on Homegrown's website.

WEATHER:

Metservice is predicting great weather, with 22 degrees the high with clear skies.

WHAT CAN YOU BRING:

Food and drink are available for purchase once you enter the event. Punters may bring in an unopened plastic bottle - not glass - of water, and reasonable amounts of food, such as a sandwich and snack, rather than a picnic basket or chilly bin.

While most stalls will have EFTPOS, it has been advised to have some cash on hand.

On the back of every ticket is a list of restricted items, including video cameras, alcohol, umbrellas and any illegal items.

ALCOHOL BANS:

It's important to note that Wellington has a 24/7 public alcohol ban, including the city centre and Oriental Bay.

ROAD CLOSURES:

There will be no major road closures for the event, however Wellington City Council is warning traffic will be slow in the area.

Waitangi Park skateboarding bowl will be closed from 8am Friday until 12pm Sunday

Barnett St carpark remains closed until March 27

Sunday's Harbourside Market that runs beside Te Papa is still on. Access will be via the car park or Taranaki St entrance.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

Metlink has added additional services and seating on its train services.

There will be extra trains running all stops on the Hutt Valley, Johnsonville, and Kāpiti lines leaving Wellington between 11.30pm and 12am. Throughout the day, these services will have extra seating available.