Teens set to take stage
Queenstown, Wanaka and Cromwell budding music artists will take to the stage for the Smokefree Rockquest tomorrow night in a bid to join the ranks of Kiwi music success stories.
The 2014 Central Otago finals for Rockquest will see students from Mt Aspiring College, Cromwell College, Wakatipu High School and Queenstown Primary School compete for a spot in the nationals.
New Zealand music heavyweights Kimbra, Midnight Youth, Opshop, Evermore and Ladyhawke were some of the artists and bands that began their careers on the rockquest stage. Entering for the third time was Mount Aspiring College band Oddity.
Band member Connor Moore said the group’s music was more indie-pop/funk than solely rock.
Their original songs usually contained life related lyrics about things they wanted to get ‘‘out of their system’’, Moore said.
The band tried to practise weekly.
Smokefree Rockquest founder and director Glenn Common said the event offers entrants a chance to perform in a professional setting.
When regional finals were complete, the top two bands and solo/duos from each region would be judged via video for selection as national finalists to play in Auckland in September.
Those competing in the Central Otago regional finals are: 45th Parallel, Kirsten Jongsma, Near Armageddon, Oddity and Phoebe from Mt Aspiring College. Angus Reid, Isabella Reid and Lucy Nicol, John Manulea, Love Lost Demons, Sofia, The Fiends and Concrete Jumble from Wakatipu High School. SSJ and Headliner from Cromwell College. Green Avenue and Questionable Behaviour from Queenstown Primary School.
Rock and roll: Oddity band members Louis Koopman, 17, Bronnie Ormandy, Conner Moore, Florence Collins Caballero and John Steven, all 16 from Mt Aspiring College, are ready to rock the 2014 Central Otago SmokefreeRockquest being held in Wanaka tomorrow night.