The second annual Homegrown Music Festival in Barrow has landed a coup with one of Britain’s biggest X Factor success stories, Matt Cardle, set to headline.
Cardle, whose family live near Halstead in Essex, will headline the Saturday night set at the festival which runs from August 22 to 24.
“Along with Matt there is loads of other top local talent on show, this year’s Homegrown is going to be a weekend to remember,” said organiser Glen Moulds.
Homegrown is just eight weeks away and organisers will be in the heart of Bury St Edmunds on July 19 selling cut price tickets and promoting the event at a launch in The Arc.
With the cream of East Anglian musical talent making up the set lists for the weekend, the festival in Barrow, near Bury St Edmunds, promises a cross genre festival experience for all ages.
Homegrown is the brainchild of Glen who wanted to showcase local artists at a smaller scale festival while still offering the all round festival experience, including camping for the whole weekend, plenty to keep children occupied, with the emphasis on being family orientated, and food and drink at reasonable prices with no rip offs. and food and drink.
“I’d never been to a music festival in my life,” said Glen who runs the Suffolk Academy in Barrow offering activities including karate, gym facilities, football, a dance school and archery.
“My eldest daughter came back from Glastonbury and told me all about the festival experience good and bad and suggested we could do it better, so last year we did.
“She told me I could put one on right here, so last year we did and had 1500 people turn up, and we’re doing it again this yearwhere we expect around 3000 people.
“I see it as a sort of journey year on year, showcasing fantastic local music and offering something new as it grows.”
The weekend will feature over 80 bands and kicks off with an evening set on August 22 featuring the likes of Twisted Piglet, Dingus Khan and Nik Lowe.
At Saturdays’s all-dayer, fans can see Benjamin Bloom, Goldstar, Box of Light plus headliners and Matt Cardle who won the X Factor back in 2010 and has recently been on tour to promote his latest album, Porcelain.
On Sunday there’s a treat for ska lovers when Big 10 take to the stage along with rising stars, Joe Peacock and Harry Seaton who are building up quite a following.
Tickets are £7.50 for the Friday evening, £15 for Saturday, £15 for Sunday, £27 for the weekend (no camping) and £45 for the weekend (including camping).
Reduced prices available for one day only on July 19 at the launch day in The Arc are £15 for the weekend (no camping) and £30 for the weekend with camping.
For full information on the Homegrown Music Festival go to www.homegrownfest.co.uk, follow on Twitter @hgfestival and find on Facebook.
From the end of July for three weeks, the festival crew will be on Bury St Edmunds market every Wednesday and Saturday and look out for the festival banner across Abbeygate Street.
Volunteers are also being sought to help over the weekend.
Jobs include stewarding, back stage, artist liaison, campsite crew, sign painting and setting up and taking down.
If you would like to get involved email glen.homegrownfest.co.uk
Homegrown’s chosen charity is East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH) which supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Nikki Brown, EACH Suffolk fundraiser, said: “Here at EACH we’re absolutely delighted to be benefiting from the Homegrown Music Festival.
“Not only will the event raise much needed funds to ensure we can continue delivering care and support to local life-threatened children, young people and their families, but it will also raise awareness and understanding of our work too.
“Last year’s event was great fun and there’s even more bands and entertainment this year so it’s great to see the festival going from strength to strength.
“We’d encourage people to buy their tickets as soon as possible to make sure they don’t miss out on what’s going to be a great weekend for a great local cause.”
EACH cares for more than 500 families across East Anglia and rely on voluntary donations for the majority of their income.
They need to raise almost £6 million to deliver their services this year – this amounts to £16,000 a day, every day of the year.
To find out all about EACH visit www.each.org.uk or call 01473 276196, email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @EACH_Suffolk
To buy tickets for Homegrown on line and see the full line up visit www.homegrownfest.co.uk