Homegrown to return to Nottingham’s Arboretum this August Bank Holiday Monday

Following a successful inaugural year, capped with a recent award nomination nod, DHP Family have today announced the full line-up for new music event Homegrown – taking place at Nottingham Arboretum on Bank Holiday Monday 30th August 2021, this year as part of the national promoter & festival organiser’s wider summer event series, Arboretum Sunsets.

Homegrown will once again bring some of the best musical talent from the East Midlands to the beautiful Nottingham Arboretum and its iconic bandstand, in conjunction with BBC Introducing.  2020 saw the launch of the outdoor event, which was undoubtedly a resounding success; recently earning a nomination for the Live Music Innovation (Event Series) Award for the industry leading Music Week Awards 2021.

Headlining the bandstand this year are DECO.  Blurring the line between timeless 80s synth-pop and contemporary discernment, Deco create undeniable bops with a bite.  The indie-pop three piece were recently nominated as Best Live Act, in an awards category with the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and AJ Tracey, and notably became a viral sensation on TikTok with their Oasis/Bronski Beat mash-up.

Songwriter, producer, singer and poet, JOEL BAKER will also perform at Homegrown. Self-described as being somewhere between J Cole and Joni Mitchell, Joel will bring his earnest lyrics and distinctive vocals to fans at the bandstand. MELONYX, the best friends turned singing duo, join the line-up too.  The pair initially met as teenagers while performing individually at a local arts centre.  A bond soon developed between them, and before long the two songstresses joined forces musically to create a unique multifaceted harmonic force, through Hip Hop, Neo Soul and Lovers rock inspired melodies.

Leading the charge of DIY indie musicians making waves on the unsigned circuit is DREW THOMAS, who will bring his nostalgia-laden, arena sized choruses and passionate vocals to the Arboretum’s bandstand this August.  CATMILK also join the bill, following the release of debut single “Horror Movie Weather” this May; a 6-and-a-half-minute indie-folk collaborative effort from Catmilk’s A. Milne and friends.

Rounding out the bill for Homegrown 2021 are BETSEY, with the “beyond her years” powerhouse vocals that have become known for moving her audiences; multi-instrumentalist duo experimenting with soul, funk, folk and pop, VONA VELLA; and the daydream-esque melodies and coming-of-age aesthetic of THE CRYING VIOLETS.

Alongside this programme of the best new music in the East Midlands, Homegrown’s fringe stage will also return, brimming with a host of exciting entertainment for all the family.  Gig-goers can also expect delicious pop-up food outlets, a selection of local ales, and a container bar from Camden Town Brewery.

Joe Patten, artist booker said: “Nottingham is a city renowned for its music scene and we’re thrilled to be able to keep showcasing the talent our city has to offer at events like this.  Homegrown last year was many live-music-lovers’ highlight of the summer, it was great to be able to give the people of Nottingham a taste of outdoor music, and we’re delighted to have been recognised with an award nomination and to be bringing it back again this year! With everything that’s on offer, from music to fringe to food & drink, it’s the perfect place for the whole family to spend their August Bank Holiday!”



  • Tickets for the event are on sale now from alttickets.com, priced at £15+fees
  • Homegrown is an all-ages event, with under 16s accompanied by an adult.
  • Although social distancing should no longer be required by the time Homegrown takes place, measures are in place to ensure the event will be COVID safe and guaranteed to go ahead whatever happens.
  • Running from 12pm – 9pm



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