Homegrown postponed over safety concerns

Katchafire, Sunday at Homegrown. Photography By - Bradley Garner

Wellington’s Homegrown music festival was postponed on Saturday due to safety concerns relating to high winds.

The Homegrown festival is an annual summer event held on Wellington’s waterfront since 2008. The event runs over one day, involving seven stages, and a wide range of acts. This year’s show was popular, with 17,500 tickets sold.

Organisers confirmed on Saturday morning that the event would be postponed from March 7 until March 8 due to predicted winds in excess of 87kmh.

Two rock shows were organised for Saturday at TSB Bank Arena due to the postponement. These shows catered for the people who travelled to Wellington. Venue space for the shows were limited, so organisers announced that only non-Wellington ticket holders could attend.

Vox pop: We spoke to a few ticket holders about the postponement

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 1.26.33 amFraser Punt from Wellington: “I felt angry being told just because I didn’t buy my ticket out of Wellington means I won’t be able to go to the shows. I’m disappointed they haven’t had a better back up plan and feel I should have been entitled to a partial refund.”

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 1.27.11 amGen Hampson from Auckland:
“I think it could have been organised a little better, but they couldn’t do anything about the weather. I was happy to stay longer but wasn’t happy with the extra costs of the trip. I think they should have at least offered a partial refund on the tickets for the people who couldn’t make it for Sunday.”

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 1.27.46 amJen Baigent from Christchurch
attended the Saturday rock show: “We paid for 57 bands but only seen 4,  but they were the best rock bands New Zealand have so I was happy.”


Organisers later changed the entry criteria for Saturday’s rock shows to include Wellington ticket holders, due to poor attendance at the first show.

The main event went successfully on Sunday.

Click on over to the Official Homegrown Facebook page to see photos from the event.

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