Selwyn kids rock out
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.