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By Martyn• 3 Mar 2015
This weekend in Wellington fans of music in general are in luck, as Homegrown and the Newtown Festival take over the capital for two days of multistage madness on Saturday and Sunday. Below we present you the cliffs notes on two days and nights of quality musical entertainment.
On Sunday the 8th of March, the Jim Beam Homegrown festival will fill Wellington's waterfront with 57 acts performing across seven stages to a crowd of thousands.
Held annually since 2008, the festival is always a great chance to check out a wide range of established New Zealand bands, DJs, rappers and solo artists under what often tends to be sunny conditions. This year some of the highlights include seminal Wellington rockers Shihad, funk rock fusionists Kora, smooth talking rhyme guy David Dallas, energetic local drum and bass flagbearers The Upbeats, and emerging New Zealand African rappers Raiza Biza, Mzwetwo and Young Tapz, amongst others. Running between 1pm to 11pm, it's a long day, but one well worth it for attendees. To purchase tickets or find out more, visit Homegrown's official website here.
On Sunday the 8th of March, the annual free Newtown Festival will fill the streets of the suburb with food stalls, live music, craft stands, and various other forms of entertainment.
Featuring 12 stages, 380 stalls, and 80 acts, the festival is a great way to explore the colour and character of one of Wellington's iconic suburbs, while enjoying delicious food, quality music, and affordable shopping along the way. As an event, it's got an incredible carnival atmosphere, one that makes it more than worth expanding a brief visit into a fully drawn-out day-trip. Some of the highlights of the day include performances from former Nesian Mystik frontman Awa, gothic alt-country auteur Delaney Davidson, psychedelic dream-pop trio Mermaidens, Canadian indie-popsters The Courtneys, Vanuatu reggae band YoungLife, and Auckland party rappers Team Dynamite. The festival runs from 10am until 11:30pm. For more information on the day's happenings, and the cool events occurring around it, check out Newtown Festival's website here.