Three city high school rock bands will be breaking out their best vocals, riffs and rhythms in the regional Smokefree Rockquest this Friday night at the Regent on Broadway.
Palmerston North Boys’ High bands Vegans Can Do Anything! and Ladders, along with Fruit Juice Parade from Girls’ High, made it through from the regional heats held at the Globe Theatre earlier this month.
The three groups will be competing against seven other entrants from the wider region for the top two places in the competition, as well as assorted other prizes such as the APRA Lyric Award and the Stomach Recording Prize.
A top two placing enables bands to be assessed via music video, for a place in the national final top 30.
Among their regional finals competition are Constant Decay from Feilding High School, and Silent ‘til Dawn, a combined group from Feilding High and Feilding Intermediate.
The other finalists are Fusion from Foxton’sManawatu College, 5th Summit from Levin’sWaiopehu College, Dannevirke High School’s Hymns & Her, Bipolar Heartbeat fromWairarapa College and Retenu from Masterton’s Solway College.
The solo title decided at the heats, went to 13-year-old Peyton Morete from Kapiti College, who also won the same title last year.
That entitled the young indie rock performer to represent the region at the 2015 national finals. Peyton and solo runner up Lewis Kingston from Boys’ High will each be putting together a 15-minute reel of their best material as a submission for a place in this September’s national event.
Year 11 PNGHS musicians, Shannen Petersen, left, and Tharushi Bowatte of Fruit Juice Parade, have made it through to the regional finals of the Smokefree Rockquest in the Regent on Broadway this Friday night.