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Taranaki finals on Sat June 16

SMOKEFREEROCKQUEST 2018 - Taranaki finals on Sat June 16

The TSB Showplace will be pumping on Saturday (June 16) as the top youth bands in Taranaki play off in the regional final of Smokefreerockquest 2018 (details below).

Smokefreerockquest founder and director Glenn Common says Smokefreerockquest offers the entrants on Friday night a platform for live performance that builds on what they have learnt at school.

“The support that contemporary musicians get in schools these days and the framework provided by NCEA is evident in the number of young musicians that get to performance standard,” he said. “Secondary school teachers offer tuition and encouragement, create space for bands and soloists to practise, they come along to support them at Smokefreerockquest and help them to get the most value from the experience of entering SFRQ – before, during and after.”

He said the professional performance environment offered by SFRQ included a stage set up with lights, sound, projection and technical support in a show that includes a guest band, MC and lots of giveaways.

SFRQ founder and director Pete Rainey said in regional cities the Smokefreerockquest final is often the year’s biggest youth gig and ‘a major influencer’.

“We’re really proud that our association with Smokefree has been part of a huge social change in New Zealand over the past 28 years. It’s absolutely a real thing that the number of young kids smoking has dropped and we’re right behind the idea of making NZ Smokefree by 2025.”

The Taranaki final is at the TSB Showplace on Saturday June 16, start time 7pm, tickets $10 for school students and $20 for adults from Ticket Direct or at the door. The guest band is Auckland 2017 national finalists, Daffodils.

Those competing to join the ranks of Kiwi music success at the Taranaki regional final are:

Ariose New Plymouth Girls' High School

Arwyn Whaanga New Plymouth Girls' High School

Asha New Plymouth Girls' High School

Ellie Rose New Plymouth Girls' High School

Graydon Scott New Plymouth Boys' High School

Hannah-Leigh New Plymouth Girls' High School

Hungry Violets NPGHS, Spotswood Coll, Francis Douglas Mem. Coll

jam fam New Plymouth Boys' High School

laura. Sacred Heart Girls' College

Mamas Boyz Hawera High School

Naya New Plymouth Girls' High School

Orion and the Otters Stratford High School

Paris Cooper New Plymouth Girls' High School

romina white Waitara High School

Ruby Hosking Sacred Heart Girls' College

Second Legacy Stratford High School

Taryn Martin New Plymouth Girls' High School

TBC Opunake High School

The Six Stratford High School

The Slates New Plymouth Girls' High School

The Zak Stratford High School

First and second placed band and solo-duo submit footage to be selected as finalists to play at the Smokefreerockquest national final on Saturday September 22 at the Dorothy Winstone Centre in Auckland; as do the winners of the Smokefree Tangata Beats Award, for that event’s national final at the same venue on Friday September 21.

The live events run from May 5 until July 6, and most regions will also be filmed for the hugely popular webisodes (sfrq.nz/video/) fronted this year by NZ’s ‘First Bloke’ Clarke Gayford.

Smokefreerockquest, powered by Rockshop, has national winners’ prize packages for bands and solo/duo winners that includes $22,000 in Rockshop vouchers, $16,000 NZ On Air recording, video and promo package, a photo shoot and branding package from Imaginary Friends. There is also the Musicianship Award, the APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) Lyric Award, Best Song Award, Smokefree Vocals Award, Fatboy Style Award, and the ZM People’s Choice.

Musical successes from Smokefreerockquest over its 30-year history include Broods, Leroy Clampitt, Kimbra, Aaradhna, Opshop, Evermore, Ladyhawke, Kids of 88, Die!Die!Die!, Joel Little, Tiny Ruins, Marlon Williams, Brooke Fraser, Anika Moa, Chelsea Jade, Nadia Reid, Aldous Harding, Steriogram, Phoenix Foundation, Devilskin, The Black Seeds, Bic Runga, and The Naked and Famous. Smokefree Tangata Beats standout successes include Alien Weaponry, Strangely Arousing Nesian Mystik, the only New Zealand band to ever have ten singles all certified gold or platinum.

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