Crowds go wild at Homegrown

HAPPY FANS: The crowd goes wild at the Vodafone pop/RnB stage listening to Savage at Homegrown in Wellington.
HAPPY FANS: The crowd goes wild at the Vodafone pop/RnB stage listening to Savage at Homegrown in Wellington.
ENTHUSIASM: The crowd at the Vodafone dub & roots tent listening to Katchafire.
ENTHUSIASM: The crowd at the Vodafone dub & roots tent listening to Katchafire.
PACKED: The crowd between stages at Homegrown in Wellington.
PACKED: The crowd between stages at Homegrown in Wellington.
HOMEGROWN FESTIVAL: Lead singer Logan Bell of Katchafire.
HOMEGROWN FESTIVAL: Lead singer Logan Bell of Katchafire.

About 17,000 fans packed Wellington waterfront yesterday for Homegrown.

For the sixth straight year, the all-New Zealand music festival sold out, with punters clogging the six stages to hear their favourite Kiwi bands.

The concert kicked off at 1pm with popular act Katchafire in the Vodafone dub & roots tent, while rock band Luger Boa played the Jim Beam rock stage.

The audience goes crazy at the Homegrown festival on Wellington's waterfront.
The audience goes crazy at the Homegrown festival on Wellington's waterfront.
Shihad's Jon Toogood during a particularly anthemic moment.
Shihad's Jon Toogood during a particularly anthemic moment.
Tristan Campus and Alley Dunphy dance at the dub and roots stage.
Tristan Campus and Alley Dunphy dance at the dub and roots stage.
Shihad's Jon Toogood reaches out to the audience during their headline set.
Shihad's Jon Toogood reaches out to the audience during their headline set.
Minuit's Ruth Carr gets into the music.
Minuit's Ruth Carr gets into the music.
The audience goes crazy at the Homegrown festival on Wellington's waterfront.
The audience goes crazy at the Homegrown festival on Wellington's waterfront.
MC Ghost at the electronic stage.
MC Ghost at the electronic stage.
Kids of 88 perform.
Kids of 88 perform.
The crowd at the dub and roots stage.
The crowd at the dub and roots stage.
Kiwi favourite Che Fu performs.
Kiwi favourite Che Fu performs.
Jamey Ferguson of New Zealand reggae group Katchafire performs.
Jamey Ferguson of New Zealand reggae group Katchafire performs.
The crowd goes wild at the dub and roots stage.
The crowd goes wild at the dub and roots stage.
Kiwi MC Savage gets the crowd going at Homegrown.
Kiwi MC Savage gets the crowd going at Homegrown.
The audience during Savage's set at the pop and R'n'B stage.
The audience during Savage's set at the pop and R'n'B stage.
Some of the 17,000 fans packing the Wellington waterfront.
Some of the 17,000 fans packing the Wellington waterfront.
Andy McLaughlin of Auckland dresses down for Homegrown festival.
Andy McLaughlin of Auckland dresses down for Homegrown festival.
The audience gets loud at the dub and roots stage.
The audience gets loud at the dub and roots stage.
Barnaby Weir of the Black Seeds on the dub and roots stage.
Barnaby Weir of the Black Seeds on the dub and roots stage.

Katchafire singer Logan Bell said the gig was always one of the favourites on the calendar.

"Honestly, it's the best-run festival in New Zealand, ask any muso [musician] in New Zealand. It's my favourite."

Standout performances across the stages included Midnight Youth playing their last-ever set at 2pm, The Black Seeds, Elemeno P, I Am Giant, Kora, Shapeshifter and rock legends Shihad.

Organiser Kelly Wright said she was honoured that the festival continued to prove so popular with the crowds.

"We're just extremely grateful and stoked we've managed to sell out again, for the sixth year. It's six from six."

Police Inspector Simon Perry, in charge of event safety and security, said he didn't expect too much trouble, as the festival was "one of the better-run events in Wellington".

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