It was back across the bridge to see another one of our faves Church & AP. A security guard absolutely lost her shit when they bounced out on stage. It took a good 10 seconds for her to compose herself and get back to the job at hand. They delivered a blistering set, mixing their original sound with sharp lyrics which reflect straight back on the generation they represent. Even for the unfamiliar, there are enough nods that they can easily sing along to "must be the money" or take part in call & response.
Just next door on the City Stage was Homegrown debutant Naavy whose uplifting sound had a slightly sparse crowd eating out her hand. After listening to her songs online, it was a joy to see them come to life on stage with her powerful voice and commanding presence. An unexpected treat!
Back to the Rock Stage where there were plenty of novelty Jim Beam hands rocking away to Skinny Hobos. After a quick double-check on Google to make sure I wasn't mixing my emojis up, I can confirm the message was 'love you' rather than the somewhat similar 'rock sign'. On purpose? A subtle well played if so. I enjoyed the cover of 'I See Red', amongst their now familiar repertoire. Someone should tell Split Enz to have a yarn to these two when the 50th anniversary of Frenzy rolls around at the end of the decade.
Homegrown takes over a large swathe of Wellington's waterfront, and festivalgoers mix with the public as they walk between stages. But there's some little-known secrets to spill. Firstly, the LAB and City Stages share a green room area fashioned from the Wilson's carpark below Frank Kitts Park. So, while you're bouncing away above, they are doing whatever musicians do in a green room, directly below you. The other is the view from the Rock Stage green rooms in Te Wharewaka. They provide the finest crowd watching opportunities, and the best view of Wellington Harbour of the entire festival. So next time you're walking past, look up and wave. You never know who will be looking back at you.