Barrow: Success for Homegrown Festival talent

Festival goers attend the Homegrown Music Festival on Sunday, 24 August.

Festival goers attend the Homegrown Music Festival on Sunday, 24 August. - Credit: Su Anderson

Organisers of a West Suffolk music festival have hailed this year’s edition a success.

The second edition of the Homegrown Festival, in Barrow, played host to local acts of all sizes including X-Factor winner Matt Cardle, who grew up in Halstead.

Daisy Victoria, from Yaxley, near Eye, also performed, along with Cambridge band TreeHead.

Festival organiser Glen Moulds said the it had been “fantastic” adding: “The bands have absolutely rocked the place, it’s been brilliant.

“We’ve nearly doubled our numbers from last year. The quality of the bands has been incredible, there’s been a fantastic atmosphere on the main stage.

“It’s been absolutely brilliant and people have been coming up to me and telling me it’s going in the right direction.”

Mr Moulds said his highlight of the weekend had been the Ipswich-based ska band Downsetters, saying: “They absolutely rocked the place.

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“What was really nice was the crescendo of bands. The quality of the bands was unbelievable. We’ve been lucky with the weather, it’s been stunning.”

Mr Moulds also gave promises for next year’s festival, saying: “It will be bigger and better. We’ve got new ideas, and people keep saying ‘what about this?’ and we go ‘that sounds good’!

“It’s not just a Bury festival, it’s an East Anglian festival. It’s an absolute success. Everyone was happy and the amount of people coming back next year we expect it to double in size.

“The planning for next year starts on Tuesday!”