Rock quest for Waikato
For entrants in the nationwide high school music competition, finding a name is often first of many challenges.
Bring Me The Giant and Legal Issues feature among the bands to play off at the Clarence St Theatre in Hamilton on Sunday.
This year about 3000 young people will go through regional heats and finals in 24 towns from Invercargill to Whanga¯rei competing in Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Tangata Beats (formerly Pacifica Beats). Founder and director Glenn Common says in the past 30 years there has been tremendous support from schools, who value the framework the events create students.
“Smokefreerockquest is often mentioned as the motivator that keeps kids engaged in the school system. Teachers can see the benefits that being in a band brings — kids learn to cooperate, to negotiate around their differences, express their thoughts and emotions in words, front up on time, promote themselves and their ideals. And performing live on stage is a great boost in confidence.”
Founder and director Pete Rainey says Smokefree has been supporting young Kiwis to showcase their music.
“We all want to encourage kids to look after themselves and their mates by engaging with music and the benefits that brings,” he said. “It’s great to stage events that recognise that today’s musicians and artists will play a huge role in shaping New Zealand’s future — with the goal of Smokefree 2025.”
■ Waikato Heats of Smokefreerockquest are at Clarence Street Theatre, on Sunday May 27, at 12pm. Tickets $10 at the door, no charge for children five and under.