Crowds go wild at Homegrown

20:42, Mar 02 2013
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HAPPY FANS: The crowd goes wild at the Vodafone pop/RnB stage listening to Savage at Homegrown in Wellington.
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ON STAGE: Savage performing at the Vodafone RnB stage during Homegrown.
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ENTHUSIASM: The crowd at the Vodafone dub & roots tent listening to Katchafire.
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HOMEGROWN FESTIVAL: Lead singer Logan Bell of Katchafire.
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PACKED: The crowd between stages at Homegrown in Wellington.

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.

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

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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