Church Road Winery


Ben Harper + The Innocent Criminals

Great news for Ben Harper fans with the legendary US singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist adding Matt Corby & The Black Seeds to the line-up at Church Road in Napier on Friday February 28 

Presented byNeptune Entertainment,The RockandMore FM,tickets are now on sale from 



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For a decade, Matt Corby has been pushing his own boundaries. With two ARIA Song of the Year awards on the shelf, and a #1 debut album, TELLURIC, behind him, he’s now drawing critical acclaim for his new album RAINBOW VALLEY. 

Written and recorded in a period that also saw the birth of his first child, Corby’s second full-length release is brimming with a new-found vitality and joy, a fresh energy that finds perfect expression in a kaleidoscopic reimagining of the sound he has honed for the last ten 

years. From the surreal, dreamlike splendour of first single ‘No Ordinary Life’ – which was on high-rotation on triple j – to the soulful majesty of the title track, ‘Rainbow Valley’ reveals an artist who seems both more aware of what he wants and why he wants it. 

The Black Seeds have gone from humble beginnings to take their boundary-crossing reggae fusion to the world. At home they are a multi-platinum-selling band and revered stalwarts of the touring and festival circuit, while abroad they’ve spearheaded New Zealand’s internationally renowned roots movement alongside the likes of Fat Freddy’s Drop and Katchafire. 

Ben Harper has traversed a myriad of musical landscapes in the three decades that he’s been making music, from blues, rock and reggae; to soul, funk and folk. 
He’s released 14 studio albums, includingBURN TO SHINE(1999);  DIAMONDS ON THE INSIDE(2003);  THERE WILL BE LIGHT(2004);  CHILDHOOD HOME(2014); and most recently in 2018,  NO MERCY IN THIS LANDwith blues legendCharlie Musselwhite. 
Harper’s trusty bandThe Innocent Criminalshave been with him for much of the journey.Tracing their roots back to 1993,The Innocent Criminals(percussionistLeonMobley, bassistJuan Nelsonand drummerOliver Charles) have been involved in most ofHarper’s projects.The band has toured the globe nonstop, earning legions of fans thanks to explosive live performances.  
With tickets selling fast, make sure you get in quick to secure your spot at what promises to be one of the best shows this summer -Ben Harper and The Innocent CriminalsMatt Corby & The Black Seeds live! 

Church Road is proud to host Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals, Matt Corby & The Black Seeds at our home in Napier this February.

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What time do the gates open?

Gates open at 4:30pm.

What time will the concert finish?

The concert is due to finish at approximately 11.00pm.

Where can I buy tickets?


What tickets are available to buy?

General Admission Tickets are $99.00 Excl. BF.
Final Release Tickets are $109.00 Excl. BF
VIP Tickets are $141.00 plus admission ticket from above.
“VIP option can be purchased as an add-on to a GA ticket. To do this you can simply log into ticketfairy and select this as an option. For and help with this do not hesitate to ask us at” This event is all ages, children under 4 are free.

What’s included in my VIP ticket?

Exclusive access to the Tom McDonald Cellar, VIP toilets and VIP bar and finger food style grazing across the evening. VIP is strictly R18 only.

For more information please contact

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What are the payment options at the venue?

At Church Road we are using AWOP (Another Way of Paying) for all purchases onsite. AWOP is simple to use. Simply visit one of their kiosks onsite to obtain an AWOP card, there is a $1 bond to pay when you first load your card, which is returned to you when you return your card later in the day. Load money on using Cash, EFTPOS, or credit card (fees apply). There is no fee to use AWOP, simply present your loaded AWOP card at the bar or food vendors for all purchases.

Can I use cash or eftpos instead?

All of our bars and food vendors at the concert will be using the AWOP card technology so you will not be able to use cash or eftpos at these points. But the AWOP cards are very easy to use so if you had spare cash on you, let our team load it on to your card so you don't have to worry about losing it on the day.

What if I have money left on my AWOP card at the end of the day?

At any stage of the day if you decide to head home, or the event has finished, you can stop by our Kiosks to get a refund of the remaining balance on your card. If you forget to do this on the day, then you will have 4 weeks to log on to to refund the money directly in to your bank account. for more details.

Is there parking at the venue?

Street parking is available. There is no available parking on-site.

Are there buses to the venue?

Public transport may be available. Taxi company suggestions Hawke’s Bay Combined Taxis ph 06 835 7777 or Hastings Taxis ph 06 878 5055.

What can I bring?

Food, picnic rug, plastic glasses/cups, raincoat, sealed water bottles only.

What not to bring?

No BYO alcohol, beverage excluding sealed water bottles, umbrellas, professional cameras, chairs.

Is there free water available at the venue?

Yes, there will be free water available at multiple locations onsite for you to refill your water bottles.

Can I purchase food and beverages at the concert?

Yes, there will be beverage tents at the concert selling Church Road wine, beer and a selection of non- alcoholic beverages. Proof of identification will be required upon purchasing wine or beer. Alcohol will not be served to people under the age of 18 years. There will also be a number of food stalls serving a range of foods.

We have a healthy range of vendors onsite selling a range of products including Ice Cream, Milkshakes, Soft drinks, Coffee, Pizza, Waffles, Turkish Kebabs, Japanese Cuisine, Sliders, Salads, Tacos, Quesadillas, Nachos, Hot dogs, Chips, American Hot dogs, Smoothies, Licorice Straps, Twisted Chips and Slushies.

What if it is raining on concert day?

The concert is an outdoor event and can be affected by the weather. The stage is fully covered, the area for concert goers is uncovered and open-air. Please note the concert will proceed rain or shine so we advise if you are concerned about the conditions, to come prepared with weather appropriate clothing.

Where is the nearest accommodation?

For all accommodation enquiries, please go to

What facilities are available for the disabled and people with restricted movement?

Access is via a sealed road to the park area which is suitable for wheelchair access – disabled parking is limited please phone 06 833 8225 or email to reserve your space.


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