Top 12 picked for Rockquest finals
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.