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Aussie, Kiwi and Saffa bands and DJs. Tim Tams, Vegemite and biltong. It must be time for this year’s Homelanz festival

Craving a taste of home? In need of the sights, sounds and flavours of the southern hemisphere? Then get your fix at next month’s Homelanz festival, which will be bringing together tucker, wine and music from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa for a special one-day event.

Kicking off on Saturday, August 10, the impressive line-up for the third annual Homelanz has been deemed the best yet, with 15 bands spread over three stages. You’ll have the chance to listen to everything from acoustic surf- rock and tribal rhythms, to emo and funk-soul while gorging on southern hemisphere food and drink from the likes of SANZA, Limpopo, Tasty Cakey and the Antipodean Sommelier. 

And, for the first time, Homelanz is teaming up with The Nomad Cinema to start the festivities the night before (Fri, Aug 11) with a screening of cult Down Under movie, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert. 

Playing the following day will be Desmond And The Tutus and Munkinpure (above) in the Saffa corner; Blue King Brown from Australia; and for the Kiwis, I Am Giant will be performing on the Global stage, with the main stage graced by Tahuna Breaks, who TNT caught up with ahead of the festival. 

“It’s our debut as a band in the UK,” frontman Marty Greentree (guitars/vocals) says of what is the seven-piece heavyweight’s first show on British soil. “So the challenge is playing to a new audience in a new location and winning them over. Although they may have heard of us, the majority, I suspect, haven’t seen us live before.”

The Aucklanders, named after their hometown street, have been plying their trade in funk and soul-influenced dance-rock since 2005, and this year released their critically lauded third LP, Shadow Light – a huge step towards big production-sounding pop. 

“We’ve learned not to over-complicate things and to focus on our strengths,” Greentree says of the album that swiftly became one of their most well-praised. 

So does having seven people with different outlooks and styles make for a complicated writing process? “For sure. It’s just part of the territory when you have seven people involved,” he says.

“On the last album it could have turned out seven different ways and arguably, had we had one ‘director’, it may have made for a more cohesive stylistically sounding album. But where is the fun in that? We have form for being all over the place.”

The album also sees the band fired up and playing to their strengths, too. “We just wanted to make an album that was upbeat and pumping and more in line with what we are good at,” Greentree explains. “Playing live and getting people in the party mood.” And that’s the band’s aim for Homelanz – getting everyone in a party mood. 

Although the festival is more than just music, which will also see performances from London-based This Flight Tonight and Bowie Jane – there’s heaps of other entertainment, too. Check out the cultural displays, the rugby bus, the chill-out zone and the silent disco. Although, we know where we’ll be – see you at the front!


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Southern sounds: Get a taste of home at this year's Homelanz festival, plus your guide to global music venues in London
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