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Music festival celebrating the stars of East Anglia pulls in the crowds

Homegrown music festival

Pictured: The Buckingham and Wells families enjoying the day ANL-140824-114918009

Homegrown music festival Pictured: The Buckingham and Wells families enjoying the day ANL-140824-114918009

Thousands of people descended on Barrow for a celebration of local music talent including X-Factor champion Matt Cardle.

At its peak, 2,000 music enthusiast flocked to the second annual Homegrown Festival to present the best of East Anglia’s signed and unsigned acts.

The event was so successul a follow-up is planned for next year and the festival has been franchised to be held in Oxford and South Wales.

Organiser Glen Moulds, who was inspired by his daughter Jade to create a festival accessible to families, said: “It was absolutely fantastic - we were exceptionally lucky with the weather. We had an increase in numbers on last year which is exactly what we wanted. The feedback from everyone was unbelievable. People were asking when tickets are on sale for next year.”

As well as Matt Cardle, popular acts included Bury band Thy Last Drop, Manningtree band Genghis Khan and Diss band Twisted Piglet.

There was family fun with bouncy castles and gyroscopes. Meanwhile, festival-goers braved the ice bucket challenge with Mr Moulds nominating Twisted Piglet to take up the challenge and they returned the favour by putting forward his name. Anyone wishing to volunteer next year should attend the Suffolk Academy, in Church Rd, Barrow on Friday from 8pm.

 

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