Teens set to take stage

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

Photo: CHE BAKER/FAIR­FAX NZ

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.

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