The standard was high and the range of styles wide as the Smokefreerockquest Manawatu heats amped up the volume in Palmerston North's Globe Theatre.
Ten bands and two solo or duo acts have made it though to the regional finals of the competition after heats last night.
Founder and director Glenn Common said the heats this year attracted double the entries of last year, and all performed to a "significantly higher" standard.
The range of styles, from metal to folk, was also excellent, he said.
Common said that, as it was the last regional heat, he thought the Manawatu talent "very much stacked up", and he was looking forward to seeing how the regional finals would play out.
Of the solo or duo acts, Peyton Morete of Te Horo School and Circle of Fifths from Tararua College will go on to play at the regional finals, and both will go into the judging pool for the national final.
A top-10 list of bands was selected to proceed to the Manawatu regional final at the Globe Theatre on July 4, but the bands that ranked best won't be announced until the night.
At the regional final the top two bands will be selected to go into the national finalists' judging pool.
More than 650 bands and soloists or duos will go through regional heats and finals in 24 towns, from Invercargill to Kerikeri, until July 4.
When all regional heats and finals are complete, the top regional bands and solo or duo acts will submit videos for selection as national finalists to play off at Q Theatre in Auckland on September 27.
TEN OF THE BEST
The top 10 bands to play off at the Manawatu regional final are: Fusion, Manawatu College and Foxton School. Pixie Dust, Palmerston North Girls' High School. Topaz Rooster and Empyreal Divine, Palmerston North Boys' High School. LevelsToLights and The Sophisticates, Freyberg High School. Soda Boyz, Palmerston North Boys' High School and Freyberg High School. Gospel, Horowhenua College. P90s, Nga Tawa Diocesan School and Wanganui High School. Concrete Pills, Horowhenua College and Manawatu College.
- Manawatu Standard
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