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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 awards.
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.