Big Break a big hit
Hosting bands from across Central Otago is likely to become a regular feature of the Big Break in Queenstown.
Rockformation Trust chairman Justin Edens said 17 bands from Wakatipu High School, Mt Aspiring College, Dunstan High School and Cromwell College as well as several primary schools took part in the event at the Queenstown Memorial Centre on Friday night.
For many of the young performers it was their first time on stage and they had the opportunity to learn from Laughton Kora and former Wakatipu High students who had moved on with their musical careers.
This was the first year students from other schools were invited to take part and it was a fantastic night, Edens said. ‘‘We can’t got back now.’’ Many of the bands would go on to compete at Rockquest. The next event for the trust was the stage performances during Queenstown Winter Festival on the night of the community carnival.
Rockstars: Simple Function, from Wakatipu High School: Mac Baldey, Sam Cameron, Will Gloag and Benee Csontos.
Songbird: Tama, from Dunstan High School, Bella Cubitt performs.