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After having to make the heart-breaking decision to postpone this year’s festival, Jim Beam Homegrown is back bigger and better than ever!

The iconic Wellington festival had already built most of the multi-stage festival on the Waterfront before COVID slammed the breaks on. Thanks to the support of 99% of the bands, suppliers and sponsors, organisers were able to postpone the festival until March 20, 2021.

To thank the 20,000 ticket holders for their patience and holding on to their tickets, Homegrown have announced they are adding a brand new stage and 10 more acts in 2021.

Director Andrew Tuck explains, “We’re really appreciative of people hanging on to their tickets and thought we should offer them something extra as a thank you. The new Arena Stage and the new acts give us an opportunity to grow the festival and sell a few more tickets to those who missed out last time.”

The 10 new acts also gave the organisers the opportunity to honour their commitment to more gender diversity with 6 of the acts featuring female artists.Ladi6, Ria Hall, Chaii, Navvy and Paige join Troy Kingi & the Clutch (who features bass player Marika Hodgson), Che Fu & The Kratez, TrinityRoots, OpShop and Goodshirt.

This latest announcement are in addition to the other 41 acts already slated to play, including, Shapeshifter, L.A.B, Shihad, Devilskin, Stan Walker, Mitch James, Robinson, Dragon, Savage, Nesian Mystik, Montell 2099 and State of Mind.

"This is by far the strongest line-up we’ve ever put together. We’ve been really lucky that all of the bands, bar two, are still able to play and every stage is incredibly strong, it’ll be a tough call on the day as to which of the 6 stages to choose," says Tuck.

In a summer of festivals which have had to come up with exclusively Kiwi line- ups, Jim Beam Homegrown is still the original 'Home of live Kiwi music'. Boasting the most musically diverse acts from Rock, Pop, Electronic, Hip Hop, Dub n Roots and more, there really is something for everyone.

Jim Beam Homegrown takes place in Wellington, March 20, 2021. For full line-up and further information visit www.homegrown.net.nz.

Jim Beam Homegrown 2021 has now sold out.


Massive Kiwi acts including Shapeshifter, Mitch James, Shihad, L.A.B., Robinson, David Dallas, Stan Walker, Devilskin, Written by Wolves and Dragon have been named on the bill for Jim Beam Homegrown 2021.

Billed as ‘Kiwi Music’s biggest party’; Jim Beam Homegrown has become a national gathering celebrating Kiwi music and culture. Fans will come together on March 20th 2021 to enjoy our best bands and DJ’s across 6 stages on the beautiful Wellington Waterfront.

Shapeshifter (pictured) will bring their summer anthems to headline the Park Stage. Also on the bill are two acts who have gained massive momentum in the past year, L.A.B and Mitch James. The Park Stage will warm up with Sunshine Sound System, reggae legends Katchafire and chilled hip hop, rock, funk band Summer Thieves, along with Sons of Zion, Tomorrow People and DJ Sir-Vere.

Shihad (pictured) will enjoy a Wellington homecoming on the Rock Stage, joined by the ever popular Devilskin and Villainy. Two bands making their Homegrown debut are Written By Wolves and Zed who will be coming off the back of a sell-out tour celebrating 20 years of their hit album Silencer. Deadbeat, Skinny Hobos and Dead Favours will also be gracing the Rock Stage with their presence.

Australian-claimed but undeniably Kiwi act, Dragon is a surprise addition to the City Stage. The April Sun in Cuba stars will be supported by Kiwi favourites, Nesian Mystik, who are coming out of a long hiatus alongside Thomas Oliver, The Feelers and The Black Seeds. Fresh sounds will also grace the City Stage with Homegrown debutants Mako Road, nomad, Lepani and DJ Takas.

The Lab Stage will kick off with a slice of Kiwi Hip Hop featuring the sounds of Church & AP, David Dallas and Kings (pictured) before heading in a Pop direction with Sachi and headliners Stan Walker and break out artist Robinson. Savage, P Money and Illbaz also feature on the Lab Stage.

The increasingly popular electronic tent will feature Dan Aux and Sin alongside some of the best in the game. Montell2099 and duo Lee Mvtthews return and Drum and Bass legends Concord Dawn will square off back to back with P-Money as one of the main events on this stage. Also featuring in the electronic tent will be State of Mind, Flowidus and Clicks.

The brand new Arena Stage also gives an opportunity to grow the festival, selling more tickets to those who missed out in 2020.

“Every year we have grown and evolved to keep up with demand. This year we will continue evolving and improving the festival but we’re also restricting ticket sales to make sure everyone has an incredible experience” says event organiser Andrew Tuck.

Jim Beam Homegrown celebrates who we are through our music with over 20,000 people coming together on the Wellington Waterfront on Saturday 20th, March 2021. More information is available at www.homegrown.net.nz

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