Girl’s High duo tops Rockquest
Fruit Juice Parade Band clinched first place at the Manawatu¯ Smokefreerockquest final at the Globe Theatre on Friday night.
The Palmerston North Girl’s High School duo, drummer Tharushi Bowatte and vocalist and guitarist Shannen Peterson, said they were excited but sad knowing this was their last Smokefreerockquest.
Tharushi said they had mixed feelings while performing on stage.
“We were excited and also sad, but ultimately it was a great time with my close friend Shannen. We are confident together, have a good stage presence and are comfortable communicating with the audience. Our songs are unique and true to us and I think everyone can engage with people who are being themselves.”
Fruit Juice Parade won the regional final in 2017.
Smokefreerockquest founder and director Glenn Common (MNZM) is also retiring from the job that has launched musical successes over its 30-year history.
“Thirty years has been a reasonable stint,” Glenn said. He had worked with his successors to continue the platform for youth to perform live in a professional setting.
He was also confident that Tharushi and Shannen would eventually be working for Smokefreerockquest in the future.
“Smokefree is a start for musicians. It gives them the impetus to continue with their music.”
Smokefree has been supporting young Kiwis to showcase their passion for music for close to three decades. It also provides the platform to show the benefits of a smokefree lifestyle as New Zealand heads towards the goal of Smokefree 2025.