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Homegrown puts Bangalow bowlo on the map

HOMEGROWN: Organisers Kat Antram and Bianca Lindstrom with performer Dan Hannaford at the Homegrown Festival at the Bangalow Bowlo
HOMEGROWN: Organisers Kat Antram and Bianca Lindstrom with performer Dan Hannaford at the Homegrown Festival at the Bangalow Bowlo Lyn McCarthy

BANGALOW'S inaugural Homegrown Music Festival "went off" without a hitch on the weekend with more than 400 punters enjoying the sunshine and the songs at Bangalow Bowlo.

Fifteen local bands and acoustic artists performed across two stages, including local legends Goodrich and Sarah Tindley, through to newcomers Parkside Orchestra.

Organiser Bianca Lindstrom from Dragging Canoe Records said the whole day felt like one big laidback family reunion.

"We were stoked. We were not expecting that many people," said Ms Lindstrom.

"There was a really good mix of age groups here, from little kids through to grandparents.

"The aim is keep Homegrown as a boutique festival with around 400-450 attending, as a bit of a contrast to the other mega festivals that we have in the shire."

Ms Lindstrom said Homegrown had achieved its goal in putting the bowlo on the map as a venue.

"Bands and promoters from across the country are now interested in coming here, but we will be keeping the majority of the acts local," she said.

With brilliant sunshine beating down on the club, Ms Lindstrom said the Bowlo team would make sure there were more shade structures next year.

Topics:  bangalow, byron shire, music festival


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