Northland High School steps up to success in regional rounds of Smokefreerockquest

Easy Beanz – Justin Soulsby and Lukas Macdonald of Kamo High School – were the top solo/duo group at Smokefreerockquest’s Northland Regional Heat held in Whangārei

A number of Northland high school bands and acts are honing their skills in hopes of being named the top regional performers in the Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Tangata Beats competitions.

Forum North hosted the blossoming musical talents of Northland on Sunday at the regional heat Smokefreerockquest Northland.

At the end of the evening, the top two solo/duo groups with the possibility of qualifying for the semi-finals of the event were announced, as well as the top 12 groups selected for the Smokefreerockquest regional finals held online in July.

Northland’s top solo/duo artists selected are Easy Beanz (Justin Soulsby and Lukas Macdonald) of Kamo High School (first) and Dillon Worsfold of Whangārei Boys’ High School (second).

The top 12 bands submitting videos to the regional finals are:
Visual Soup and Ready, set!, both from Whangārei Boys’ High School; Maximum weight capacity, Bream Bay College; How Deep, Christian Renewal School; Men in boots, Dargaville high school; Close Contacts, Kamo High School; Under Pressure, The Secrets, Moberf and No Vacancy, all from Kerikeri High School; Patient People, Otamatea High School and Inaudible, Rodney College.

Top Regional Groups and Solo/Duos submit footage for selection as finalists to play in the Smokefreerockquest National Semi-Finals, from which the Top 10 National Finalists will be selected. The national final will take place in Auckland on September 23.
Lou’ana (Whitney), judge at the event, said the uniqueness of the Northland region really shines through.

“The diversity between genres, in terms of writing and arranging, was really surprising and encouraging,” said the award-winning musician.

“All bands looked and acted professional all day and then jumped on stage in front of such a supportive crowd.”

Founder and director Glenn Common says Smokefreerockquest is a huge learning and confidence-building opportunity for young musicians.

“The Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Tangata Beats experience goes far beyond the day of the event,” Common said.

“Each of the artists has written, practiced and planned, and then on the day of the event, they can finally put that work into action. After their performance, they can reflect on how their performance went and what they will do the same or differently next time. This learning is great for developing skills and attitudes around goal setting and each student’s ability to try new things and celebrate themselves and their hard work.

Smokefreerockquest is offering prize packages for bands and solo/duo winners that include $22,000 in Rockshop vouchers, $16,000 NZ On Air recording, video and promo package, photo shoot and branding package. ‘Imaginary Friends. There is also the Musicianship Award, the APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) Lyric Award, the Rockshop Electronic Performance Award, the ZM Best Song Award and the Vocals Award.

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