Crowds go wild at Homegrown

Last updated 09:35 03/03/2013

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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.

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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- Fairfax Media

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