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Homegrown festival rocks Wellington

Published: 8:25PM Saturday April 26, 2008 Source: ONE News

Wellington's waterfront is rocking to the sound of Kiwi music.

From Shihad to the Black Seeds to the Mint Chicks, 33 local acts are taking part in the Homegrown Festival.

The 14,000 tickets to the event sold out three weeks ago and organisers say it shows that New Zealand music is stronger than ever.

One of the latest bands to hit mainstream radio waves is Autozamm and out in the sunlight they said it's not just a good gig for the fans.

"Events like this are critical for building the kind of impetus to get NZ acts offshore so as well as building the scene here and strengthening it's going to be a launching pad for groups," says Stephen Small from Autozamm.

There was also a clean green image to go with the home grown bands.

Organisers are hoping to recycle more than 15,000 water bottles used at the event but it's obvious the pulling power of this show has nothing to do with the water.

"It's rare to have this many good kiwi bands in one place at one time," says Nick Major, also from Autozamm.

This is the first all Kiwi concert of its size but organisers hope it will just be the first of many to put Kiwi music centre stage.  

And the centre stage had a lot more to offer on Saturday night with some of the best bands like Pluto, Kora, Shihad and Concord Dawn appearing on stage, guaranteed to keep young Wellingtonians awake right up to the wee hours of Sunday morning.

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