Rock­for­ma­tion invit­ing more per­form­ers

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

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.

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