Homegrown sells out - again

21:56, Feb 21 2013
Midnight Youth
SUNSET GIG: Midnight Youth will be playing their last gig at Homegrown.

With two weeks to go, music festival Homegrown has sold out yet again with the last of the 17,000 tickets snapped up yesterday.

The March 2 festival, which brings together New Zealand musicians from across the country, has sold out every year for the last six years.

Event director Mark Wright said it was the whole package that drew in the crowds each year.

"You can go see Shihad, Shapeshifter or Home Brew plenty of times during the year in stand alone shows, it's seeing them all on the one day that is Homegrown's strength."

With six stages set up along the Wellington waterfront, the 45-strong line up includes Wellington locals Shihad, The Black Seeds and Aaradhna, as well as Concord Dawn, Zowie and Katchafire.

It will also be the last performance for rock band Midnight Youth, who are putting down their instruments after playing together since 2006.


Though it was sad that the band was winding up, it was great that they were performing their last show at Homegrown, Mr Wright said.

"They've been in the process of breaking up for a little while, so we're quite chuffed that we'll see them on the stage one last time in Wellington."

With Metservice's 10 day forecast promising sunny skies for Saturday March 2, Mr Wright was hopeful of a brilliant day.

"We're down there setting everything up now, we're ready to go. We've just got to wait and see what the day brings."

The Dominion Post