Smokefree Rockquest 2016 - the winners

Northland band Alien Weaponry has riffed its way into the record books, having taken out both Smokefree Rockquest and Pacifica Beats 2016.

The young metal heads earned themselves more than $33,000 worth of prizes at the contests held at Auckland's Raye Freedman Centre on Friday and Saturday.

Made up of brothers, Lewis (14) and Henry (16) de Jong, and Ethan Trembath, (14), Alien Weaponry are also the first metal band to win Pacifica Beats.

Avondale College student Iris "Iris G" Guevarra was announced the winner of the Rockquest solo-duo section, while Whangarei cousins Huia & Zaia took out the solo duo section at Pacifica Beats.

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Following the Rockquest National final win, Alien Weaponry, of Bream Bay College and Otamatea High School, said on their Facebook page that they were "speechless".

Alien Weaponry took the top prizes of both Smokefree Rockquest and Pacifica Beats at the weekend.
LISA CRANDALL

Alien Weaponry took the top prizes of both Smokefree Rockquest and Pacifica Beats at the weekend.

"Huge shout out to SF Rockquest, SF Pacifica Beats and the other awesome bands who played with us last night. MASSIVE night, feeling numb this morning ... still sinking in ... but our first reaction is YEESS!! METAL".

Alien Weaponry, who describe their sound as "thrash metal", with political and te reo Maori influences, have also supported bands like Shihad and Devilskin.

In previous years they were Regional Smokefree Rockquest Finalists (2012-2014) and have won lyric writing and overall musicianship awards at the contest.

Iris Guevarra performing at the Smokefree Rockquest final on September 24, who took out the solo section.
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Iris Guevarra performing at the Smokefree Rockquest final on September 24, who took out the solo section.

The Rockquest judges were NZ on Air's Jeff Newton, Edge Musical Director Reagan White, Dave Munro from Eccles Entertainment, and Anika Moa and Evan Sinton.

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Alien Weaponry have been awarded $10,000 in Rockshop vouchers, a $10,000 NZ On Air recording contract, a video and promotional campaign package, and a photo shoot and branding package from Imaginary Friends.

 

Retrospect from Onslow College, Wellington, won People's Choice award.
DAN TAYLOR

Retrospect from Onslow College, Wellington, won People's Choice award.

SMOKEFREE ROCKQUEST 2016 WINNERS:

* Band section

1st: Alien Weaponry

2nd: Daffodils of Auckland's Western Springs College and Kristin School

3rd: Ah Jeez from Bethlehem College and Tauranga Boys College

 

* Solo-duo section

1st: Iris "Iris G" Guevarra of Avondale College, Auckland

2nd: Sonatane Kaufusi from Manurewa High School, Auckland
 

* People's Choice: Retrospect, Onslow College, Wellington
 

* The MAINZ (Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand) Scholarship for Outstanding Musicianship: The Flock's Ella McLennan, of Hauraki Plains College
 

* The APRA Lyric Award: Byre and Ethan Aish, from Hamilton Boys and Girls High School
 

* Best Song: Daffodils, of Auckland's Western Springs College and Kristin School, Auckland
 

* Vocals Award: Elijah Tuala from Ah Jeez, Bethlehem College and Tauranga Boys College
 

* Dominate Style Award: Half Eaten Pie, Te Awamutu College

 

 - Stuff

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