Homegrown is an alternative music festival designed to give local musicians a platform to preform and express themselves to a local audience and will be held on Saturday 19th July from 10am until 5pm.
SPA Event Coordinator, Amy Doran said the event had previously been successfully run by Lifeline and Uniting Care Communities for 12 years up until 2012, when they lost funding to continue the event.
“Homegrown Festival is definitely an event young people on the Sunshine Coast tell us they want to return, so SPA is willing to organise the event, however, the return of Homegrown will be dependent on funding from fans and the community.
“Homegrown is a community event, it is free and we encourage people of all ages to attend.
“We really need the support of the whole community to bring this event back, not just those who are familiar with Homegrown and want to see its legacy live on,” Amy said.
Using a crowd funding model, SPA is encouraging people to jump online and pledge what they can afford. The smallest pledge is $10, with various pledge sizes in between, all the way up to sponsorship packages worth $1500. Donations are tax deductable.
Amy said Homegrown is a festival that unites the Sunshine Coast community by bringing together young people, musicians, community organisations and local businesses.
“The event will showcase bands between the ages of 12 and 25 years from Sunshine Coast and Brisbane regions, ranging from genres such as Indie-Rock, Post-Hardcore, Metal, Pop Punk and many more,” Amy said.
The Homegrown Festival is a drug and alcohol free environment for people of all ages to get involved and express themselves safely.
“The event is also designed in the hope that it will breakdown barriers between generations and challenge common stereotypes within our local community,” Amy said.
Eleven successful band applicants will be officially announced on Monday 26th May.
The last two bands will be decided through a Battle of the Bands competition on Saturday 21st June at Nambour PCYC from 5:30pm until 9:30pm.
“Six bands will battle it out for the last two spots on the Homegrown line-up, all money raised on the night will then be pledged to the crowd funding campaign,” Amy said.
To pledge a donation to the Homegrown Festival head to http://www.pozible.com/project/181276