Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


2014 Smokefreerockquest Top 30 Announced

2014 SMOKEFREEROCKQUEST - TOP 30 ANNOUNCED

8 August 2014

From Kerikeri to Invercargill they have strummed and sung their way towards stardom - and now the top 30 acts in Smokefreerockquest 2014 have been selected.

There were just on 700 entries in this year’s only nationwide, orginal youth music event, with contenders going forward from 23 regions to send in their DVDs for selection to play off at the national final in Auckland on September 27.

SFRQ founder and director Glenn Common said selecting the national finalists presented the usual challenge, with a very high level of expertise in all areas of musicality.

“What we see at this level highlights that there’s a lot more to Smokefreerockquest than just writing a song,” he said. “This event emphasises the whole package - songwriting, performance and presentation, which is realistic preparation for making a career in the music industry.”
Last year Smokefreerockquest introduced a separate category for solo-duo performers; and the top 30 list is made up of 20 bands and 10 solo-duos. The bands are:

Co-Lab, Whangarei Boys' High School &Kamo High School, Northland
The Paradise Stone, Rangitoto College, North Shore
Vivid, Diocesan School for Girls & Marist College, Auckland Central
Death By Butterflies, Rutherford College, West Auckland
North and South, Pukekohe High School, Manukau
The Bradas, Alfriston College , Manukau
All of a Kind, Putaruru College, Waikato
Sunday Best, St Peter's School, Waikato
Liquid Sun, Katikati College, Waihi College, Bay of Plenty
Joe’s Van, Mt Maunganui College, Bay of Plenty
The Crayz, Gisborne Boys' High School, East Coast
The Brothers Grimm, Napier Boys' High School, Hawkes Bay
Soda Boyz, Palmerston North Boys' High School &Freyberg High School, Manawatu
Vacant City, Wairarapa College & Rathkeale College, Wairarapa
HeadChef, Wellington High School & Com Ed Centre, Wellington & Hutt
Oh Blok, Garin College & Nelson College, Nelson
Aura, Hagley Community College, Canterbury
Bitter Class, Craighead Diocesan School & Geraldine High School, Timaru
Chandeliers, Otago Boys' High School, Otago
Oddity, Mt Aspiring College, Central Otago

And the top ten solo/duos are:
Just Grace, Wanganui High School, Whanganui
Elae, Garin College, Nelson
Jacob Morris, Christchurch Boys' High School, Canterbury
Liam Kennedy-Clark, Ashburton College, Canterbury
Christopher Bates, Kingsway School, Auckland
Cam Dawson, Manurewa High School, Auckland
Solomon Crook, St Peter's School, Waikato
Georgia Lines, Bethlehem College, Bay of Plenty
JARS, Rotorua Girls' High School, Rotorua
AdLib, Palmerston North Girls' & Boys High Schools, Manawatu

These 30 bands and solo-duos will be further narrowed down by a panel of judges from the music industry, and the final six bands and three solo-duos to play off in Auckland next month will be announced on August 15.

The national final of Smokefreerockquest is at Auckland’s Q Theatre on Saturday 27 September, start time 7pm, tickets on sale from Q Theatre from August 15. Guest acts to be announced. The event will be opened by the overall winner of the People’s Choice Award, with the voting taking place by text messages after the national finalists are announced.

Smokefreerockquest, powered by Rockshop, has national winners’ prize packages for bands and the solo/duos that include musical gear to a total value of $13,000 from NZ Rockshops and their suppliers, a $10,000 recoding/music video package from NZonAir, radio promotional support and video play on youth music channel FOUR. There is also the MAINZ (Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand) Scholarship for outstanding musicianship, the APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) Lyric Award, the Lowdown Best Song Award and the Smokefree Women’s Musicianship Award.

More info at sfrq.co.nz or facebook.com/thesfrq

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>

ALSO:

Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news