Jim Beam Homegrown reassures attendees it will still go ahead following Christchurch attacks

NZ 19/03/2019

Event organisers and promoters for New Zealand's annual music festival Jim Beam Homegrown have denied that their event will be cancelled following last Friday's Christchurch terror attacks.

The one-day festival on Wellington's Waterfront brings together many of New Zealand's favourite artists, including Dave Dobbyn, Stan Walker, Broods and Mitch James.

The event is scheduled for this Saturday March 23rd, and while other events have been cancelled due to stretched NZ Police resource, Jim Beam Homegrown have assured the festival will still go forward.

"In light of the tragic events in Christchurch last Friday, Jim Beam Homegrown has been reviewing all safety and security procedures for the festival," event organisers said in a press release today.

Jim Beam Homegrown will be going ahead this weekend as planned and we would like to reaffirm our utmost priority is the safety of all people attending.

"We are currently working closely with police to review and enhance security across the festival. Please be aware that due to additional security measures processing times in and out of gates may be slightly longer than usual. Amongst other measures we will increase bag searches at all entrances and suggest people only bring small bags."

"There are no words that can express our heartfelt thoughts and love for all those affected by what happened in Christchurch. This weekend we ask that people come together in respect and kindness to celebrate all that is good about New Zealand."