Sel­wyn kids rock out

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MATTHEW SALMONS

Four young Sel­wyn bands got their chance to rock out un­der lights, on stage and to an ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence last week.

Rock­shop Bandquest, the younger sib­ling of Smoke­free Rock­quest, was open to bands of three to ten mem­bers of school kids up to year eight.

Event man­ager, Rock­shop’s Dan Ken­drick, said the tal­ent pool got bet­ter each year.

‘‘Their teach­ers are so sup­port­ive and en­cour­ag­ing. For them to put in so much ef­fort ... it’s just re­ally ad­mirable,’’ Ken­drick said.

Rolle­ston’s Sea­son 3 took out third place on Tues­day night with No­mad’s Love Will Call and White Stripes clas­sic Seven Na­tion Army.

As well as a podium plac­ing, the tutu tot­ing band took home the brag­ging rights of the Rock­star Styles Award.

‘‘The judges just thought they had so much flair and en­ergy,’’ Ken­drick said.

Sea­son 3’s Rolle­ston com­pa­tri­ots Tre­ble Mak­ers may not have placed, but gui­tarist Al­i­cya Cook wowed judges with her skills, win­ning Killer Gui­tarist.

West Mel­ton’s West Town Smack Down and Preb­ble­ton’s Groove­time played to crowds in East Christchurch on Thurs­day.

Although nei­ther placed, the West Town Smack Down artists were awarded the Rock­star Styles Award and Groove­time trum­pet player, Phyl­lis Turner, won the Mu­si­cian­ship Award.


Rolle­ston School’s Sea­son 3, who took out third place and Rock­star Styles.

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