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Last Call For Cokesmokefreerockquest 2004 Entries

Last Call For Cokesmokefreerockquest 2004 Entries

Next week will mark the last chance for school-goers throughout the South Island to make musical history and get their entries in to take part in the 15th annual CokeSmokefreeRockquest. Entry forms are available from

South Island bands have until April 27 to claim a spot in the regional heats underway from early May throughout the country.

Co-director of Rockquest Promotions and Judge Pete Rainey says the emphasis of the six month long event, comprising 40 regional events and culminating in a national final in October, is on encouraging original music.

"Our aim is to inspire raw Kiwi talent by getting as many students as possible writing and performing their own music, and by providing goals upon which they can focus," he says.

Seeing music rooms and suburban garages transformed into makeshift concert venues throughout the country and parents, teachers, and friends become discerning contemporary music critics, the CokeSmokefreeRockquest is New Zealand's biggest youth music event.

Rosie O'Connell, the drummer from Christchurch band 'Starlett' who made the semi-finals in 2003 and are aiming even higher this year, says the event has been a highlight of her school years.

"The CokeSmokefreeRockquest lets you learn what it's like to be in the music industry and perform to a live crowd, but in a supportive environment where everyone encourages each other," she says.

Coca-Cola Oceania NZ Country Manager Gareth Edgecombe says providing young New Zealanders with a genuine platform upon which they can establish and enhance their musical careers is a key focus.

"Coke is committed to enabling youth at grass roots level to create the future sound of New Zealand - CokeSmokefreeRockquest and are important aspects of that promise and we are confident about what these initiatives can achieve for New Zealand musicians and New Zealand music fans," he says.

It is expected CokeSmokefreeRockquest 2004 will attract an estimated 600 bands from schools throughout the country, 12 of which will be selected as national semi-finalists.

CokeSmokefreeRockquest 2004 entry forms are available from Coke's unique new online music portal - where people around the globe can access fresh Kiwi music and download band profiles and MP3 files.

The exciting new online portal allows CokeSmokefreeRockquest band members to profile their bios online, get in tune with stellar Kiwi musicians, see updates to the Coke countdown chart, download screensavers, play 'stack the Fridge,' read reviews, and much more.

The CokeSmokefreeRockquest 2004 Event Schedule:

NORTH ISLAND Region Heat Date Final Date Regional Final Venue Auckland Sat 19 Jun Sat 7 Aug AGGS

Gisborne Mon 14 Jun Sat 24 Jul War Memorial Theatre

Hutt Valley Sat 22 May Fri 11 Jun Lower Hutt Town Hall

Manakau Mon 14 Jun Fri 13 Aug Venue TBC

Manawatu Sun 30 May Sat 19 Jun Regent on Broadway

Napier Sun 13 Jun Fri 23 Jul Pettigrew Green Arena

Northland Sun 13 Jun Sat 14 Aug Forum North

North Shore Sun 20 Jun Fri 06 Aug Bruce Mason Centre

Rotorua Mon 21 Jun Fri 30 Jul Rotorua Convention Centre

Taranaki Sat 15 May Fri 28 May TSB Showplace

Tauranga Mon 21 Jun Sat 31 Jul Mount Sport Stadium

Waikato Sun 23 May Fri 18 Jun Founders Theatre

Wellington Sat 22 May Sat 12 Jun Vic. Student Union


Christchurch Sat/Sun 1/2 May Fri 14 May Christchurch Town Hall

Nelson Fri 07 May Sat 22 May Trafalgar Centre

Otago Sat 08 May Sat 26 Jun Studass Hall

Southland Sun 09 May Fri 25 Jun The Embassy

Timaru No Heat Fri 21 May Theatre Royal

West Coast No Heat Fri 02 Jul Regent Theatre


Smokefree Pasifica Beats - Sat 02 Oct Wellington Town Hall

CokeSmokefreeRockquest - Fri 08 Oct Auckland

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