About jim beam homegrown


Set on the stunning Wellington Waterfront Jim Beam Homegrown is Kiwi music’s biggest party!

Every March, 20,000+ fans and over 40 bands and DJ’s come together to celebrate who we are through our music. With five stages representing Dub and Roots, Reggae, EDM, Rock, Pop & Hip Hop, there really is something for everyone.

We pride ourselves in the delivery of a distinctly Homegrown experience; where everyone is treated with respect and aroha, nothing is a problem and every effort is made to ensure your day is as enjoyable as possible. Homegrown is unique in that you can come and go from the festival at any time with our special free flow stages dotted across the Waterfront, allowing you to enjoy everything the capital has to offer.

Every year Jim Beam Homegrown sets new sell-out records, usually selling out quicker than the previous year. 2020 will be the first time in recent years that we have not increased the capacity to meet ticket demand. The decision to restrict capacity is motivated by our commitment to provide festival patrons with the best experience possible. We expect this will increase demand for tickets and recommend that you secure yours early to avoid disappointment.

Festival Location

Jim Beam Homegrown is set across the Wellington Waterfront, between TSB Arena and Waitangi Park. As the festival is close to the Wellington CBD, it’s just a short 5- 10-minute walk from a lot of Wellington accommodation and the best things on offer in the capital. Keep an eye on WellingtonNZ.com for details on how to make the most of your time in the city.



You are required to abide by any reasonable request or command from Jim Beam Homegrown security. Remember that our security staff’s priority is your safety. If you need help or see anyone needing help, please notify our security staff straight away.

Safety Announcements
Between acts on all stages we will be making announcements to keep you informed during the day so please take note and respect our MC's.

Restricted Items
Check the back of your ticket for restricted items such as video cameras, alcohol & umbrella's. As we have no provision to check them in so you will need to get rid of them or take it back home or to your car. Still cameras are allowed for personal use only.

Emergency Evacuation
In the unlikely event of an emergency where an area, building or the festival site may require to be evacuated or cleared, it is imperative to remain calm and follow all instructions from Homegrown staff and emergency services. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for updates.

First Aid
Several St John stations are located around the site and are available to treat people who are in need of urgent medical assistance. Please keep in mind that St John staff and volunteers have a very long and demanding day so please only seek help under genuine circumstances. We owe them a great deal of gratitude for all their skills and support.

Keep It Real & Keep It Legal
Anyone caught holding or dealing illegal substances will be treated the same way as anywhere else. Don't turn up intoxicated or out of it, as you may be refused entry.

Care For Others
Please be considerate of others as well as your own safety, especially in front of stages. If someone falls or is distressed, please help them or let the security team know so we can help. We're all here to have the best time possible.


Jim Beam Homegrown supports all things green and we would love it if you helped by making your presence at the festival as environmentally friendly as possible. Our earth is precious and with everyone doing something small, we can make a big difference. 

Carpool For A Classic Kiwi Road Trip
If you are from outside the Wellington area, jumping in a car with your mates for a classic kiwi roadie, it’s all part of the Jim Beam Homegrown experience.

Recycling - Let's make an effort! 
We were able to recycle 86% off all our waste after the 2018 event, keeping it away from landfill which was a great effort but we can do better! Help us by not dropping rubbish on the ground and make sure you use the recycle stations provided around the festival site.

There will be a lot of these stations clearly labeled throughout all the waterfront venues. There will be three bins at each station, two for plastic and one for glass and cans.   

Public Transport
Wherever possible we encourage people to use public transport. Wellington has a great public transport system and it's a great way to help the planet and save the headache of finding a park near the event! There is no dedicated parking at the event, just the ones available around the city. 

Be sure to plan in advance and check the bus and train timetables before event day.