Top 12 picked for Rock­quest fi­nals

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Palmer­ston North Boys’ High per­form­ers did well on Fri­day night at the lo­cal Smoke­free Rock­quest heats.

Four­teen bands and 13 solo/duo en­tries in the an­nual na­tion­wide con­test were whit­tled down to 12 for the re­gional fi­nal in the Re­gent on Broad­way on Fri­day, July 1.

Three of those came from Boys’ High – bands Ve­gans Can Do Any­thing! and Lad­ders were joined by solo per­former Lewis Kingston who placed sec­ond be­hind Smoke­free Rock­quest solo vet­eran, 13-year-old Pey­ton Morete from Kapiti Col­lege. Pey­ton won the re­gional solo ti­tle last year, com­pet­ing in the Auck­land fi­nals. She and Lewis will each be putting to­gether a 15-minute reel of their best ma­te­rial as a sub­mis­sion for a place in this Septem­ber’s event.

Palmer­ston North Girls’ High band Fruit Juice Pa­rade bumped the city’s to­tal of re­gional fi­nal­ists up to four, with Feild­ing High School’s Con­stant De­cay, and a com­bined Feild­ing High and Feild­ing In­ter­me­di­ate out­fit called Silent ‘til Dawn also through to the next stage.

Other fi­nal­ists for July 1 are Fu­sion from Manawatu Col­lege, 5th Sum­mit from Waiopehu Col­lege, Dan­nevirke High School’s Hymns & Her, Bipo­lar Heart­beat from Wairarapa Col­lege and Retenu from Sol­way Col­lege.

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