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Homegrown festival announces first lineup and pre-party show

After a record sell-out festival this year, Jim Beam Homegrown will return to Wellington’s waterfront on 23 March 2019, with the first details of the 42 acts playing the five stages revealed this morning.

And for the first time, Homegrown will include a pre-party to start the festival on the Friday night, before Saturday’s main event.

Saturday’s festival will include headliners Broods (the brother-sister duo and first-time Homegrowners will open for Taylor Swift on her November concert in Auckland), veteran singer-songwriter Dave Dobbyn, and Stan Walker, who has recovered from having his stomach removed last year and will embark in October on a 12-date NZ tour that includes a Porirua gig on 2 November.

Also headlining are reunited nu-metal band of the 2000s Blindspott, hard rockers Devilskin and The Feelers.

The 2019 event will see the rock stage move from the TSB Arena to an outdoor area in the middle of the waterfront.

Pop, electronic, dub and roots stages will host many other acts, including Kora, Shapeshifter, The Black Seeds, Che Fu & The Kratez, Kings, Home Brew, SWIDT, Sons of Zion and Katchafire.

Katachafire will also play at Friday night’s pre-party (5:30pm to 10:30pm), alongside headliners Salmonella Dub featuring Tiki Taane, Kora offshoot L.A.B, and electronic South Island act Soulware.

Another 15 acts will be announced on 5 November.

Early release tickets for Saturday’s Homegrown festival have already sold out, with limited discounted tickets ($99:90+fee) on sale from 8:00am today, 1 October, before General Admission tickets are made available ($139.90+fee).

Discounted tickets for the Pre-party are available for $69.90+fee if bought at the same time as a Saturday Homegrown ticket, with general admission tickets available for $79.90+fee.

Last year, organisers said the sold-out festival brought $7.2 million to Wellington, with 77 per cent of attendees coming from outside the region.