Rockformation inviting more performers
School bands from across Central Otago will put on one of their biggest performances of the year at the Big Break in Queenstown next week.
For the first time organisers have invited bands from primary schools and high schools across the region to join the traditional Wakatipu concert.
Rockformation Charitable Trust secretary Liza Devine said they were thrilled to welcome bands from Dunstan High School, Mount Aspiring College, Cromwell College, Queenstown Primary School and Remarkables Primary School joining the core of Wakatipu High School bands.
About 18 bands would take part.
‘‘We just wanted to develop it and reach more people in Otago.
‘‘With Rockquest there’s so much of the energy comes from the different schools and hearing the different sounds coming out of them. It raises the bar for all of them.’’
The Big Break concert was a performance, unlike the July Rockquest, which was part of a national competition.
However, it gave the young bands an opportunity to perform on stage, many for the first time, and build their confidence.
Many would compete at Rockquest as well as on stage during the Queenstown Winter Festival community carnival and the Gibbston Concert, where Wakatipu band Bayhip performed earlier this year.
Before the Big Break concert all the young performers also had the opportunity to meet singer and songwriter Laughton Kora who would provide workshops and work with them while on stage.
Shay Muddle, of Mojo, and former Wakatipu High School student Alex Fraser would be MCs and providing assistance.
Trust chairman Justin Eden said there was music from jazz to contemporary rock.
Good fiends: Wakatipu High School band Bayhip performed at this year’s Gibbston Concert after a successful performance at the Big Break. They have regrouped and play at the Big Break as Fiends next weekend.