Duo wins second rockquest
Verdon College musical duo Park Radio are riding high after winning their second consecutive Smokefreerockquest regional final on Friday.
The young pair of Cameron Longman, 16 (vocals/bass/keyboard), and Sam Cullen, 15 (vocals/guitar), said they were stoked to have won the Central Otago solo/duo final for the second year in a row.
‘‘This is our third year playing together, and our second rockquest, so it’s pretty awesome to win again,’’ Longman said.
Competition had been ‘‘a lot tighter’’ in the Lake Wanaka Centre-held finals this year, he said.
‘‘We were quite nervous, but I think that helped push us on.’’
They and second placed duo Underage, of James Hargest College, would now submit 15 minutes of their best material for selection as national finalists, with winners announced on Sept- ember 24.
In the meantime, Park Radio would continue to pursue their long-term musical dreams with the release of an EP later this year, and were eager to take their shared adventure professional one day.
‘‘We both write material for the band, collaborating on things like instrumentation, harmony and melody,’’ Longman said.
‘‘With the support of friends and family, we definitely want to go as far as we can with this.’’
erdon College duo Park Radio won the solo/duo section of the Central Otago region Smokefreerockquest for the second year in a row on Friday. Park Radio are, left, Cameron Longman, 16, and Sam Cullen, 15.