A tasty new event on Saturday, 9th December 2017
11am – 7pm
Imagine yourself sitting on the grass embankment, having a refreshing beverage listening to some fine tunes, all while basking in the sun! What better way to spend a Saturday!
Hosted at one of Wellington’s iconic venues, Beers at the Basin will be a one-day festival showcasing some of the best Craft Breweries, Local Wineries, Street Food and Music that NZ has to offer.
Your ticket will be scanned and you’ll be given an Entry Wristband.
This is your payment system for the festival, and will be loaded with any currency you’ve pre-purchased with your ticket, or that you top up at the festival.
Please be prepared to show your valid ID. Beers at the Basin is an R21 event. We are able to accept an international or New Zealand Driver’s License, a Passport, or a HANZ 18+ card as identification.
Festival gates are open from 11am – 7pm, and If you want to be organised and hit the ground running you can purchase festival currency at the event, 30 mins before gates open.
Please note all bags are subject to inspection at any point during the event. Bottles, cans, glass, food, drink, alcohol, illicit drugs, illegal substances, fireworks, explosives or anything that can be used as a weapon cannot be brought into the festival.
Also please leave your animals, furniture, smokes (including e-cigarettes) at home.
In order to protect the Basin Reserve, No high heels or stiletto heels are allowed into the festival.
As you enter, you’ll be given a Festival Glass and your Festival Guide. And then you’re good to go!
Beers at the Basin is a 100% cashless event. With no cash to handle, this helps our bars and food vendors process transactions quickly, which means more time for you to enjoy the festival.
As mentioned above, your Entry Wristband will be loaded with any festival currency you’ve pre-purchased.
This year, you can pre-purchase $30 festival currency with your ticket, and this will save you the onsite $2 activation fee.
We strongly recommend purchasing currency before the event so you can start the fun from the first minute.
You will be able to purchase festival currency at the event, from 30 mins before gates open. Currency can be purchased with Cash (the fastest option), Eftpos or Credit Card.
Wrist Bands can be loaded with as many dollars as you prefer (one-off activation fee of $2 will be charged).
Alternatively, you can pre-purchase tickets that include $30 festival currency. Pre-purchased currency does not incur an activation fee.
Topping Up Currency
If you need to top up at the event, just head to one of our Top Up Stands / Banks or roaming Top Up Staff.
Once a Wristband has been activated, there is no further top-up charge.
If you don’t use all of your festival currency at the festival, never fear!
Festival currency refunds will be available at any of the festival banks and then online only from Monday 11th December to Sunday 24th December (midnight). Refunds will then be processed weekly on a Friday. Just make sure you hang on to your Event Wristband as you’ll need the number printed on it to claim your refund.
Click here between these dates to arrange your refund.
Beer (2.6% – 5.9%)
Beer (6.0% – 8.5%)
If you are not into alcohol or feel like a break we will have a Mocktail Bar run by Ray from the Roxy, serving non-alcoholic cocktails and a Redbull Lab Bar.
Free water will be available at stations throughout the festival. Remember to keep hydrated to make sure you can go the distance. Bottled water is also available for purchase.
We are currently working on some Gluten Free Beer options, please check back once the vendors are released or feel free to contact us to ask.
All drinks are served in reusable festival glassware, if you lose your cup this will not be replaced – so keep these safe!
11:15 – 12:30
Miles Calder is a singer-songwriter from New Zealand with an expressive voice and raw heartfelt songs. Nestled somewhere between Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan and 70s Neil Young, Miles Calder & The Rumours’ brand of atmospheric Americana dresses Calder’s songs with striving harmonies and earthy tones.
The band’s debut EP ‘The Crossing Over’ was nominated for the 2014 NZ Taite Music Prize (Best Album) and RIANZ Best Country Album and Calder received honorable mentions for the singles ‘The Crossing Over’ and ‘The Avenue’ in both the International Songwriting Competition and The John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
The band have since played numerous New Zealand festivals and supported Shakey Graves (USA), M. Ward (USA) and Fly My Pretties (NZ). \
Miles Calder & The Rumours now present their debut album. Recorded over a two-year period, which saw Calder spend a year living away in New York, and his debut European solo tour, this album shows a progression to a much deeper and more diverse sound, with Calder’s lyrics pondering distance and disposition
The fittingly self-titled debut is a picture of the band after four years playing together. A collection of strong songs at its core, the album draws on a rich palette of vintage instruments and vocal harmonies to create beautiful arrangements inspired by classic folk-rock albums of the early 70s.
After a successful New Zealand album release tour, including a sold out performance at the Nelson Arts Festival, Miles Calder & The Rumours are playing various festivals around New Zealand throughout 2017.
1:00 – 2:15
Born out of the famed New Zealand School of Music in 2011, the then three piece band has spent the last four years expanding their repertoire (and members) into a full seven piece ensemble. Featuring a solid backbone of drums, bass, vocals and guitars, and complemented by arguably one of Wellington’s finest three piece horn sections, Tunes of I – or TOI as they are known – is renowned around the country for their original, tight and refreshingly dynamic live performances.
After the release and tour of their EP T.O.I in 2013, the band followed up with a win on NZ music voting website The Audience, securing them a $10,000 recording and video grant. A 25-date summer tour ensued, seeing them end in style supporting The Original Wailers on Bob Marley’s 70th birthday in Wellington. This was closely followed by a show supporting Australia’s Sticky Fingers to a sold out crowd at Wellington’s James Cabaret.
The band is know for their on-stage dynamic, where their touring experience and Jazz School credentials force you to take notice. Not only is their musicianship and skill remarkable, but the solid musical and personal friendships between the members is obvious from the first note. Let them take you on a musical journey through a varied set performing their special blend of dub, roots, soul and psychedelic flavours, and watch as they unexpectedly swell into a single, resonating entity where all seven members blend into one collective presence.
4:15 – 5:15
Longtime John Butler Trio drummer (2003-2009) Michael Barker in 2010 formed two man Blues/Roots juggernaut Swamp Thing with Grant Haua . To date Swamp Thing has recorded & released three studio albums ‘ Balladeer ‘ 2012, ‘ Primordium ‘ 2014 and ‘ Rumors & Lies ‘ 2017.
Swamp Thing’s energetic live performances are re-known for inspiring concert goers to dance and have fun while showcasing a wealth of musical experience and engaging their audience at all times.
Swamp Thing play every show like it is their last, making a sound that reaches far back into the musical DNA of roots music.
The ability of these two men to entertain and captivate an audience is testament to the dedication and passion Barker and Haua have for their music.
Haua’s unique vocal sound is deep and gravelly in timbre and has earned high praise from his contemporaries, his guitar style on both electric and acoustic exudes passion for the blues.
Barker’s multi tasking instrumental skills lay a solid foundation and full sound that drives Swamp Thing through soundscapes from brooding tension to high energy dance inspiring grooves. Augmenting standard band gear with a Manza (balafon) hand drums, timpani, vibraphone and KeeBass.
5:45 – 7:00
The Phoenix Foundation have been performing and producing music together for nearly 15 years. As one of New Zealand’s most accomplished acts, they have either won or been nominated for every music industry award NZ has to offer.
With a career releasing and performing such a diverse range of music they appeal to any demographic. Their recent releases of Give Up Your Dreams, Fandango and Buffalo, hve seen them receive high acclaim from publications such as Mojo, Q, Uncut, NME and The Guardian. BBC Radio Personalities such as Lauren Laverne and Jarvis Cocker are fans. They have performed on stages around the globe from ‘…Later with Jools Holland’ (BBC TV) to The Big Day Out to Glastonbury.
They have written soundtracks for many TV Shows, Commercials and Films, including New Zealand’s Top grossing film of all time ‘Boy’ and ‘Eagle Vs Shark’ by Oscar Nominee director Taika Waititi.
Samuel Scott – Vocals, guitars, keys
Lukasz Buda – Vocals, guitars, keys
Conrad Wedde – Guitars, keys
Will Ricketts – Percussion, keys, vibraphone
Tom Callwood – Bass, vocals
Chris O’Connor – Drums, percussion
Beers at the Basin is a licenced liquor event operating under strict regulations. We reserve the right to refuse entry if suitable photo ID cannot be presented on request.
We reserve the right to remove any individuals from the festival whose behaviour prevents other visitors from having a good time. Unacceptable behaviour includes, but isn’t limited to, intoxication, fighting and rudeness.
Alcohol sales are closed strictly 30mins before the end of the festival, an announcement will be made reminding you know that sales are going to end.
Some other general house keeping rules to be aware of are:
• No high heels or stiletto heels are allowed into the festival.
• R21 event.
• Safe transport options home will be available, if you need a taxi or uber please ask any staff member.
• Smoking and vaping are not permitted inside the Basin Reserve, no exceptions
• No Pass Outs (once you leave the festival you wont be allowed back in).
• No furniture, animals, minors, food or drink can be brought into the festival.
• Alcohol cannot be taken outside the festival.
• You can bring blankets or picnic matts
• The postponement day as per the terms and conditions is Sunday 10th December.
• Remember sunscreen, sun hats, rainwear (if required) and warm clothing (no pass outs).
• If you lose your festival glass this will not be replaced.
• Gates will open 30 mins before the festival starts to allow AWOP top ups.
• Use the correct lane on entry to the festival, to speed up your experience.
Promotional photos and video will be taken at the festival and by purchasing a ticket and / or attending the event you give permission for your likeness to be used by Beers at the Basin.
If you do not want your image used by Beers at the Basin in any future promotional activity please locate a Beers at the Basin staff member at the event and let them know.
ID Accepted: A HANZ Card, a New Zealand Drivers License, New Zealand or Foreign Passport.
If you have lost or misplaced your ticket, please do not fear.
A ticketing reminder will be sent to you 72 hours prior to the event, this will have your tickets reattached.
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