Reason for music lovers to hop
Rhythm and Hops will kickoff this weekendTARYN UTIGER
Ron Trigg is brewing an idea that he hopes will go down well with music and beer lovers alike.
The owner of Mike's Organic Brewery has tasted the success of Oktoberfest and now plans to hold a yearly music festival called Rhythm and Hops.
The inaugural event will open this weekend and while it is on the day after this year's sold out Oktoberfest, Trigg is hoping the festival will be as refreshing as a cold Taranaki Pale Ale.
Rhythm and Hops is set to showcase the region's top bands, as well as a selection of the brewery's finest beers.
Trigg says he has long held an ambition to put on a decent- quality music festival at his brewery and if this event is a success there will be more to come.
"I haven't got a musical bone in my body, but I love listening to live music and I've spent a bit of time at open mic nights around town," he says.
A solid lineup of Taranaki talent has been secured and Trigg says the crowd will enjoy the variety of acts on offer and the bands will benefit from the exposure.
"The only platform lots of Taranaki bands have to perform on is a dark corner of a bar and there's nowhere out there for them to play to larger audiences.
"And in a bar there's always three drunk ladies up the front who want them to play ABBA or some s..t," he says.
Trigg hopes one of the six Taranaki bands performing at the event gets a taste for large crowds and sets out to make it big in the New Zealand music scene.
"If one of the bands took off we'd think about sponsoring a national tour and hopefully they can take Mike's with them," he says.
This year's Oktoberfest, also held at the brewery, sold out 1200 tickets nine weeks before October and Trigg says the Sunday festival is a chance for those who missed out on tickets to Oktoberfest to still get in the gate for some fun.
The $50 festival tickets also come with a two-course meal, which Trigg says will be top quality.
"It won't be a fry-up or a boil- up, it'll be good food to go with good beer and good entertainment," he says.
As with Oktoberfest, buses will be running from New Plymouth and Hawera, and Trigg says he likes to know his punters get home safely. "It'll be a chilled out event with bloody good music," he says.
WHEN AND WHERE: Rhythm and Hops Mike's Organic Brewery 487 Mokau Rd
Sunday, October 27
2pm to 11pm Tickets available from mikes.simpletix.com
- © Fairfax NZ News
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