You don’t often see Vikings fight Saxons as a rock band plays, but the Homegrown Festival was always original.
Viking re-enactments were one of the additional attractions laid on, along with children’s entertainment, as East Anglian bands did their sets.
The event at Suffolk Academy Sports and Entertainment Centre, Barrow, is in its fourth year and organiser Glen Moulds felt it was the best so far.
“We had 42 bands and artists – all from East Anglia playing original music not copy music,” he said. “Some of these are playing their first festival but four years ago Lonely the Brave played their first festival here and now they’re played on Radio One.”
He said that over the past year they had improved the infrastructure on the site, including new toilets and campsites, and it had proved worthwhile.
And the weather was kind, Glen added: “We were the only festival this weekend that didn’t get any rain – we were watching a big black cloud coming towards us, then it split and when either side of us.
“As they say, the sun shines on the righteous.”
The crowd numbers were down on last year which Glen partly put down to their changing dates from August Bank holiday only to find the Nearly Festival in Bury’s Abbey Gardens (see page 11) clashed with them.
Homegrown is part of the academy’s efforts to raise £25,000 to buy a Sherlock Machine for West Suffolk Hospital, which puts PIC-lines into patients more easily.