More soloists and duos in com­pe­ti­tion

New cat­e­gory in Smoke­free­rock­quest

Central Otago Mirror - - SOUTHERN LAKES NEWS - By JESSICA MAD­DOCK

More soloists and duos have en­tered this year’s Cen­tral Otago Smoke­free­rock­quest fol­low­ing the ad­di­tion of a new cat­e­gory in the com­pe­ti­tion. Or­gan­iser Dan Ken­drick said it was the first time in the an­nual con­test’s 25-year his­tory that soloists and duos had only com­peted against each other, in­stead of against bands as well. The Cen­tral Otago re­gional fi­nal will be held in Queen­stown on Fri­day night and there are 15 en­tries this year, which is sim­i­lar to 2012. Seven are soloists or duos. Eight of the en­trants are from Wakatipu High School, five are from Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege, and there is one each from Dun­stan High School and Cromwell Col­lege. Mr Ken­drick said, given its small pop­u­la­tion, Cen­tral Otago was ‘‘pretty creative’’, with the com­pe­ti­tion al­ways show­cas­ing a broad range of gen­res and styles. The top two soloists/duos and the top three bands will be an­nounced at the Cen­tral Otago fi­nal, along with five awards – the MAINZ Mu­si­cian­ship Award, the Smoke­free Award For Women’s Mu­si­cian­ship, the Low­down Best Song, the APRA Lyrics Award, and the Skinny Mo­bile Peo­ple’s Choice as voted by text mes­sage. The first and sec­ond placed bands and soloists/ duos will then send videos of their per­for­mance to be con­sid­ered for the six places for bands and two for soloists/duos at the national fi­nal in Auck­land on Septem­ber 28. The Wakatipu High School en­trants are An­gus Reid, Lucy and Izzy, Six Shooter, Eu­phoric Di­vi­sion, John Man­ulea, Vi­o­let and Jemima, Bahip and Is­abella D’Aiello. Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege’s en­trants are Fire Eyed So­ci­ety, Odd­ity, Kirsten Jongsma, Phoebe and Main­street. The Un­known from Dun­stan High School has en­tered, along with West Groove Com­pany from Cromwell Col­lege.

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What: Smoke­free Rock­quest Cen­tral Otago re­gional fi­nal Where: Queen­stown Me­mo­rial Cen­tre

When: Fri­day July 12, 7pm Cost: $20 (tick­ets avail­able at schools or at the door on the night) Rock hope­fuls: Fire Eyed So­ci­ety from Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege is one of 15 en­tries in the Smoke­free Rock­quest Cen­tral Otago fi­nal in

Queen­stown on Fri­day. From left, Conor Ruther­ford, El­liot Steven and Jack Reaney.

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