Duo wins sec­ond rock­quest

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD DAV­I­SON

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.’’

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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.

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