Two bands and two solo artists from Dunedin will have their
shot at the big time after taking out the top spots at the
Smokefree Rockquest's Otago final.
Twelve bands and solo acts took the stage for Saturday
night's regional final, which was held at Sammy's
Entertainment Venue and drew a crowd estimated at more than
300 people, Smokefree Rockquest director Glenn Common said.
The winners included Isabelle Mullan (17), from Kaikorai
Valley College in Dunedin, who took first place in the
She said her recent songwriting inspiration came from New
Zealand's new music star, Lorde.
''I love her songwriting and how honest she is, and that
inspired me to write something honest and meaningful,'' she
Haze Harrington (17), from Taieri College, took second place
in the solo/duo category, while top spot in the band category
went to Otago Boys' High School alternative rock four-piece
The band featured lead singer/guitarist Nick Alexander (17),
bass player Callum Fisher (17), drummer Callum Hartstonge
(17) and lead guitarist Kalin Geisreiter (18).
They were followed in second place by King's High School
five-piece indie-pop group The Darbies, featuring bass
player/lead vocalist Tane Brooks (17), guitarist/lead
vocalist Jake Cropley (16), lead guitarist Damin McCabe (17),
David Darby (17) and Rapture Latu (16).
All four bands won musical equipment and a shot at
qualification for the national final at Auckland's Q Theatre
on September 27.
The winners, place-getters and acts that qualify for ''second
chance'' places, from each of the 24 regional competitions,
would all vie for eight spots in the national final, Mr
The selection process required bands to send in video footage
of their original music to be judged in August, ahead of the
final, he said.