AHoriBuzz perform at Homegrown, Wellington. © Sara Creative Commons

Homegrown: serving up local musical treats for a decade

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‘Good evening Wellington! How ya doinnnnnnnnnn!!!’

You’ve wandered among the wildlife at Zealandia, you’ve soaked up the citylife along the waterfront, observed bustling bureaucracy at the Beehive: now, you are ready to rock!

Homegrown has been serving up local musical treats once a year for a decade, dishing out dub, funk, pop, rock and everything betwixt and between for locals, by locals. This is no amateur hour, though: 17,000 fist pumping fans descend annually upon downtown Welly to get their fill of this great array of talent.

With nearly 50 acts across six stages, there’s a bunch of choice, all of it choice, ranging from the well-known and mainstream(ish) to the up-and-coming.

Left of field, right of centre and out of this world, like any great music festival, while individual acts might be the drawcard, the whole experience counts.

You’ll end up shaking your moneymaker to bands you’d never even dream of putting on your playlist. The venue, the band selection and the urging and vibing of the other punters will do that to you.

Beanies off to anyone who can get a music festival off the ground and keep it thus airborne; let alone keep it so remarkably safe and well-behaved, too — another star attraction. So get wowed down the waterfront, stretch your musical legs and give your ears a good pound. One, two, three, four . . .

The next Homegrown will be held on 4 March 2017.

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