Young musos vie for finals place
Blue Sushi and Vegans Can Do Anything will be playing. Yep, that can only mean one thing – the nationwide Smokefree Rockquest and Pacifica Beats competition is back.
Fourteen bands and 13 solo and duo acts from the wider region will be competing for a place in the July 1 regional finals during this Friday’s Smokefree heats in the Globe Theatre.
Vegans Can Do Anything are one of four acts from Palmerston North Boys’ High hoping to attract the adjudicator’s attention. Blue Sushi is from Rathkeale College, one of seven acts from Wairarapa.
Returning for another crack at the solo title are Freyberg High’s Libby Offord and Peyton Morete from Kapiti College.
George Naylor, Danny Zuko in the Freyberg production of Grease, is also competing in this category.
17 schools from Dannevirke to Greytown and Feilding to Kapiti are represented in the heats, with 11 of the 27 contestants coming from five city schools.
The other three are Cornerstone Christian School, St Peter’s College and Girls’ High.
Smokefree founder and director Glenn Common says the heats give all entrants the experience of performing live on stage in a professional performance setting.
‘‘It’s a supportive atmosphere among their friends and whanau, but walking out on stage to perform live certainly means they bring out their best.’’
This is the 28th annual youth music competition and the 26th branded as Smokefree.
‘‘Rockquest provides a benchmark, offers inspiration, airs different ideas and helps entrants to identify their strengths and weaknesses – all in time to make some changes as they hone their performance for the regional finals.’’
By the end of this Friday night, 14 bands, will be whittled down to 12, while 13 solo/duo acts will become either one or two for the Regent on Broadway regional finals.
Singer Libby Offford returns for the 2016 Smokefree Rockquest heats in the Globe Theatre on Friday.