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21 Mar 2019
The music will fall silent on all five Jim Beam Homegrown stages at 9.25pm this Saturday so 20,000 event goers can pay respect to those who lost their lives or were injured in the Christchurch terror attacks
All artists and bands appearing at Homegrown will stand together on their respective stages for the minutes silence.
Homegrown Events Chief Executive Andrew Tuck says they want to express love and respect for those caught up in the horrific terrorism attacks.
“One of the best things about great music is that it’s blind to things like race, culture and religion and brings people from all walks of life together to stand shoulder to shoulder.
“All of the Homegrown whanau, including all the performers, wanted to show respect to those caught up in the tragedy and give the audience the opportunity to come together as well.”
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says Homegrown is a cherished Wellington event which continues to show its true colours.
“Homegrown has always stood for New Zealand music. This year it also stands for our compassion and love for our Christchurch cousins. On behalf of all Wellingtonians, I thank everyone associated with the event for that.”
WREDA General Manager Warrick Dent says Homegrown’s moment of silence will be observed by locals alongside thousands of visitors to Wellington.
“We are expecting up to 15,000 visitors from outside the region will be at Homegrown on the waterfront on Saturday night.
“While the audience are there to enjoy the music and what will be a great event, we are sure that all will embrace the opportunity to show their respect along with the Homegrown performers.”