Twelve Otago bands will compete in this year's Rockshop
Bandquest, the annual competition to find New Zealand's top
primary/intermediate-aged rock band.
The bands will perform in the regional final on November 18
at the King's and Queen's Performing Arts Centre, in Dunedin.
Bandquest founder and director Glenn Common said the
competition was in its third year as the younger sibling of
Smokefreerockquest, and was established in response to
requests from teachers.
''Rockshop Bandquest is a platform for the next generation of
contemporary musicians to step out and perform in a
supportive and encouraging competition format, with a focus
on education, inspiration and entertainment.
''Last year entries almost doubled to 130 bands nationwide
and this year, with more regions covered, we expect a further
increase,'' he said.
Bands of two or more members, younger than year 9, will play
a short set of covers or original songs. Mr Common said there
would be an award for the best original song to encourage
bands to write their own material.
But the focus would be squarely on performance skills, he
''We're seeing quite a level of sophistication in their
performances and significant technical skill both
instrumentally and vocally - they are confident and
The winners of each regional final will be filmed and judges
will select the national winner from the footage. The winner
will be announced on December 2.