PARKSIDE ORCHESTRA: Torsten Gustavsson, Scott Finch and Freyja Hooper will be playing this weekend at Bangalow Homegrown Music Festival.
PARKSIDE ORCHESTRA: Torsten Gustavsson, Scott Finch and Freyja Hooper will be playing this weekend at Bangalow Homegrown Music Festival. Christian Morrow

Students tune in for Bangalow's Homegrown Music Festival

INSTEAD of lining up in caps and gowns to graduate from university on Saturday, the members of Parkside Orchestra will be hitting the stage at the Homegrown Music Festival at the Bangalow Bowlo.

Torsten Gustavsson, Scott Finch and Freyja Hooper met while they were completing their Bachelor of Contemporary Music degrees at Southern Cross University.

Aside from missing their graduation ceremonies, the band members are on a roll at the moment, having last month won the Australian Uni Band Competition.

"We didn't expect to even win a heat, let alone win the whole competition. It took us completely by surprise," Mr Gustavsson said.

Homegrown will kick off at noon and feature 15 local artists playing across two stages.

Legendary 1960s Rolling Stones tour manager Sam Cutler will MC the event while Byron Bay-based country/roots singer Sara Tindley has been added to the line-up. Also on the bill are Bourbon Street, Goodrich, It's All a Beautiful Noise, The Pilots, Waxhead, Broken Spoke and Bill Wade.

Homegrown is the brainchild of Bangalow Bowlo secretary-manager Kat Antram and local singer Bruce Butler.

Ms Antram said as well as bringing together quality bands for a celebration of local talent, Homegrown was about promoting the bowling club as a music venue.

"Back in the golden age of Australian pub rock, in the late '70s and early '80s, the Bowlo was one of the major venues that touring bands played as they made their way up the coast to Brisbane," she said.

"Bands like Cold Chisel and INXS played here and Homegrown is about putting our local venue back on the map."


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