Hawke’s Bay bands rock the re­gion

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

Have­lock North schools took out some of the top prizes at the Rock­shop Bandquest and Showquest held at the Pet­ti­grew Sta­dium in Napier on Au­gust 31.

Both events were run by Rock­quest Pro­mo­tions, the team that has been pro­duc­ing Smoke­free Rock Quest and Smoke­free Tan­gata Beats across New Zealand for the past three decades.

Eleven Hawke’s Bay bands took part, in­clud­ing Flaxmere, Eskdale, Have­lock North In­ter­me­di­ate, Ta­matea and Napier In­ter­me­di­ate.

Founder and di­rec­tor Glenn Com­mon said Rock­shop Bandquest was a ve­hi­cle to de­velop tal­ent, with 15 live events this year as well as an on­line con­test from bands from out­ly­ing re­gions.

“Schools are re­spond­ing to the op­por­tu­nity to give young bands the ex­pe­ri­ence of per­form­ing on a fully set up stage, with a light show and pro­fes­sion­ally mixed sound,” he said.

“Really it’s all about giv­ing the kids an ex­pe­ri­ence that ex­tends them, that puts them un­der the pres­sure that comes with live per­for­mance and the ex­hil­a­ra­tion that is its re­ward.”

Rock­quest Auck­land pro­moter Matt Ea­land said the teams were judged over­all on their per­for­mance, sound­tracks, cos­tum­ing, chore­og­ra­phy and theme, with the event and per­for­mance giv­ing them a ma­jor con­fi­dence boost for fu­ture chal­lenges in life.

“Rock­shop bandquest is a con­fi­dence builder that lifts their game mu­si­cally and they tend to take that with them to high schools with proven ben­e­fits so­cially and aca­dem­i­cally.

“Showquest is struc­tured on a com­pet­i­tive frame­work, but the driv­ing ra­tio­nale, as with all the Rock Pro­mo­tions’ events, is to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion, cre­ative growth and team work.

“We find that if we are able to pro­vide a plat­form where stu­dents can ex­press them­selves on their own terms within the bound­aries of the event, the re­wards go far be­yond the rush of per­form­ing on the day.”

Showquest per­form­ing art themes in­cluded “Free­dom from de­pres­sion,” “Our re­la­tion­ship with cell­phones,” “Men of val­our, courage in the face of dan­ger” and “A mix­ture of dance”.

Ruther­ford High School’s 8 Melodies won Bandquest, tak­ing home a $400 credit from The Rock­shop for their school.

Sec­ond, win­ning $200 credit, was Thun­der from Have­lock North In­ter­me­di­ate and third, win­ning $100 credit, was Vi­sion from Napier In­ter­me­di­ate.

Eskdale School won $100 cash for their school, the Rock­star Styles Award went to Fraser Ross and the Killer Gui­tarist award went to Wil­liam Bush from Have­lock North In­ter­me­di­ate.

The win­ning team for Showquest, Have­lock North High, chose their theme around the re­la­tion­ship so­ci­ety has with their cell­phones, ex­pressed through the metaphor of the cir­cus.

Te Aratika Academy were sec­ond with their per­for­mance of “Men of val­our, courage in the face of dan­ger”. Ta­matea High School was third, with “Free­dom from de­pres­sion”.

Na­tional on­line fi­nals later in Septem­ber will de­ter­mine the top en­try na­tion­wide for both Rock­shop bandquest and Showquest 2018.

Caitlin Hedge, Have­lock North High School.

Chris Jack­man, Have­lock North High School.

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