Waikato acts dominate Smokefreerockquest line-up
Bands battle it out for $22,000MIKE MATHER
Three Waikato-based acts are among the eight due to play-off for glory in the Smokefreerockquest finals in Auckland next weekend.
SundayBest, a quirky indie band from St Peter's School in Cambridge; Putaruru College five piece alt-pop band All of a Kind; and solo act Harry Parsons, from Cambridge High School will take the stage at the Raye Freedman Centre in what will be the 25th year of the competition.
Also on the billing are A Bit Nigel, an indie-rock outfit from Taupo-nui-a-Tia College and Rotorua Boys' High School; and Aftershock, a four piece metal band from Western Heights High School and John Paul College in Rotorua.
There were 654 entries this year, in New Zealand's only nationwide, original youth music event, with winners from 23 regional finals going forward for national final selection. The regional finalists sent in DVDs of their original music and the top six bands and two solo acts were selected last month by judges from the music industry.
The other finalists are The Moots, a funk-rock three piece from Auckland schools St Kentigern College, Western Springs College, and Westlake Boys' High School; AashaWillandCullen, an alt-folk band from Shirley Boys' High School in Christchurch; and Khona Va'aga-Gray, a soul and R&B singer from McAuley High School in Manukau.
Tickets for the national final cost $20 and are available from from iTICKET. Guest acts on the night are surf-punk-hillbilly Auckland five-piece the Drab Doo-Riffs and pop singer-songwriter Massad.
The event will be opened by the winner of the ''people's choice'' award, with voting for the regional winners of this award taking place on the Smokefreerockquest Facebook page.
The competition has a prize pool including $22,000 worth of musical gear. The winners will get a recording and music video package from NZ on Air, and radio and video promotional support. Awards will also be presented for individual musicianship, best lyrics, best song and a best female musician.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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