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Rockshop Bandquest Auckland Results

Media Release Rockshop Bandquest Auckland Results

Young bands from Auckland played off over the weekend in Rockshop Bandquest, a live music competition for primary and intermediate school students.

Founder and director Glenn Common says the contest is the ‘younger sibling’ of Smokefreerockquest, and was launched last year at the request of teachers who wanted a platform for their students to show off their musical skills.

“There’s a lot more happening at this age level now, thanks partly to the accessibility and affordability of musical instruments,” Glenn said. “Mainly they are performing covers and the focus of the contest is on playing skill but there’s also an award for the best original song and for the best original lyrics, to encourage students who are writing their own music.”

The winners of the Auckland Bandquest were:
First place, winning $400 credit from NZ Rockshops:
Fri - Hidden in Plain Sight, Murrays Bay Intermediate
Sat – Just Kedgely, Kedgely Intermediate

Second, winning $200 credit from NZ Rockshops:
Fri - The Groove, Northcross Intermediate
Sat - Home Run, Kowhai Intermediate

Third, winning $100 credit from NZ Rockshops:
Fri - Rubber Band, Takapuna Normal Intermediate
Sat – The Element, Avondale intermediate

Other awards made:
Best Male Vocalist:
Fri - Amaziah Vincent-Kolio from Robot Unicorn Attack, Glenfield Intermediate
Sat - Campbell MacKenzie, Kowhai Intermediate

Best Female Vocalist:
Fri - Jasmine Hey from Static, Murrays Bay Intermediate
Sat - Zyon Amiaty, Ponsonby Intermediate

Stage Energy:
Fri - Rubber Band, Takapuna Normal Intermediate
Sat - Young Ones, Taipa Area School

Further awards made on Saturday only:
Musicianship: the drummer from L’n’, Koru School
Rockstar Moves: Remy Copeland, Dilapidated, Ponsonby Intermediate
Rockstar Styles: Mollie Harvey from Soundproof, Te Atatu Intermediate
Best Original Lyrics - Soundproof, Te Atatu Intermediate
Best Original Song - Exclamation, Diocesan School for Girls

Contests are also being held in Auckland, Christchurch, Nelson and Napier, with an online contest for bands where there is no regional final.

The national final will be held via the website where video footage from the regionals will be posted on September 27, with the results announced later that day.

The national winner’s school gets $2000 worth of gear from NZ Rockshops, the event’s naming sponsor.

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