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Nick Rocks: The Search For NZ’s Best Kiwi Kid Band

Nick Rocks – The Search For NZ’s Best Kiwi Kid Band

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Images + Without Conscious Thought Q&A doc attached


The search is on for New Zealand’s youngest talented rock stars. Inspired by Nickelodeon’s launch of the second series of The Naked Brothers Band, the 2008 Nick Rocks competition gives kid bands all around the country the chance to strut their stuff and put their talent on the tele…

2007 saw the Nick Rocks competition gain momentum up and down the country, with over 100 entries. Nickelodeon believes that this year’s Nick Rocks comp will prove to be even more popular.

Last year’s winners, Without Conscious Thought, recorded an original track and filmed an amazing music video produced by Nickelodeon. The music video was played on Nickelodeon for Nickheads around NZ to see, and went on to win the ‘Juice TV Best Video Award’ They also performed at the ‘Shine 2008’ youth music concert.

“Since winning the competition …we have been working on our vocals as a band and our song-writing skills and hope to enter more competitions in the future. An album has always been one of our biggest goals and we hope to record one as soon as we have enough original material,” says Adam of the 2007 Nick Rocks winning band Without Conscious Thought.

The 2008 Nick Rocks competition will see another talented young Kiwi band win the chance to record their winning single, along with a professionally produced music video, and feature in Upstart Magazine with rock-star treatment, interviews and radio play on Classic Hits. The winner’s music video will be aired on Nickelodeon throughout 2008 for all Nickheads to see nationwide. If Without Conscious Thought’s success is anything to go by, winning Nick Rocks could just be the ticket to making it big for some unknown Kiwi kid band out there

From Sunday 15th June, Kiwi bands with two or more members aged between 5 and 15 years old can enter Nick Rocks. To enter, a band simply needs to submit a demo track and a band bio form, available at Entries close Sunday 27 July, then a panel of judges will choose three finalists. Each finalist will have a mini music video made of their track which will air on Nickelodeon over the last two weeks of August. Online and SMS votes from Nickheads all around NZ will be called for to pick the overall winner.

The new season of the Naked Brothers Band will launch Sunday 15th June, to coincide with the opening of the Nick Rocks competition A marathon catch up session at 9am on Sunday will include the Naked Brothers Band movie, all 13 episodes along with a music special entitled ‘Been There, Rocked That’. Not to mention the premiere episode of season two – Sidekicks. “We’re hoping the second season will inspire all those rockin’ Nickheads out there to get their own bands together and enter Nick Rocks!” says Nickelodeon Marketing Manager, Lauren Nola.

So get your muso mates together and record that demo track now! Your band could be professionally recording your very own track and music video in a matter of months if you’ve got what it takes! Entries for Nick Rocks are open now until Sunday 27 July. Visit for more information and to download a band bio form. Or check out the June/July issue of Upstart Magazine.


About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 29th year globally and second year locally in New Zealand, is the number one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. Nick NZ airs 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is seen in over 700,000 households on SKY Channel 41. On-air, Nick NZ features a wide array of original and acquired programming from animation to comedy, adventure and live action programs for kids aged 3 to 14 years. Nick NZ also owns and operates one of the few dedicated interactive kids websites in New Zealand –

About Upstart
Upstart Magazine is the ONLY Kiwi-produced retail magazine for children in NZ aged 7-13. With over 15,000 copies of Upstart Magazine (bi-monthly) circulated nationwide it is fast becoming the place to be for Kiwi kid related events and products. Check out for regular updates and further information.

About Classic Hits
Classic Hits is New Zealand's New Zealand's most listened to music station. Broadcasting in 26 markets throughout the country, Classic Hits reaches the largest and smallest New Zealand communities with over 380,000 listeners every week nationwide. Playing the best music from the 80's 90's and now, Classic Hits is the station everyone can agree on.



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