Young mu­sos vie for fi­nals place

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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.

PHOTO: GRANT MATTHEW/FAIR­FAX NZ

Singer Libby Off­ford re­turns for the 2016 Smoke­free Rockquest heats in the Globe Theatre on Fri­day.

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