Despite having played together for only four months, Mount
Aspiring College band Near Armageddon's performance at
Thursday night's Central Otago Smokefreerockquest in Wanaka
had earned the young musicians first place in the contest and
a shot at the national rockquest title.
''We came along kind of expecting to just play, with the hope
of maybe placing next year, but this is crazy,'' guitarist
and singer Isaac Bell (16, left) said.
The other band members are (from left) drummer Tyler Bailey,
rhythm guitarist Morgan Allen and bassist Lucan Smith (all
14). Isaac also won the musicianship award, with the chance
to win a national scholarship.
Second in the band category was Mt Aspiring College entry
Oddity, which also won the best song award.
Sofia Machray, of Wakatipu High School, won the solo/duo
section and the women's musicianship and people's choice
Isabella Reid and Lucy Nicol from Wakatipu High School placed
second in the solo/duo category.
A crowd of 150 watched 13 youth music acts from around the
region at the event.