Smokefree Rockquest National Final
New Zealand’s best young musicians play off at the Smokefree Rockquest National final at Hamilton’s Founders Theatre on September 11, with a prize pool that will launch the winner into a music career.
The finalists are Dinosaur Goes Rawr (DGR) and The Good Fun from Hamilton, Custard Bear from Christchurch, the Peasants of Eden from Nelson, Te Paamu from Otaki, two Auckland singer songwriters, Kriston Batistich and Massad Barakat-Devine, and Bay of Plenty four piece Malcolm Jack.
Guest performers are chart topping R&B singer J.Williams, Auckland new wave music duo Kids of 88 and Dunedin based indie rockers Die!Die!Die!.
From Smoking Not Our Future, the hosts are Sharyn Wakefield, Nightshow announcer on The Edge, and Drew Neemia, the face of C4TV's afternoon show Select Live.
Tickets at Ticketek or $20 at the door, start time 7pm.
More info at www.sfrq.co.nz
And here is some info on the finalists
A singer songwriter in the Tim Finn vein - pop acoustic soul with a hint of blues, with lyrics about his friends and about things that have happened, but expressed with hope and conscience.
Massad's songs range from those that make a statement through songs about the thoughts & feelings of young people, to light-hearted, feel good pop songs with multiple genre influences.
Malcolm Jack (Bay of Plenty)
A four-piece alternative folk band from Otumoetai College that puts a lot of emphasis on their vocals and harmonies with songs about things like summertime, travelling and girls - of course.
Custard Bear (Canterbury)
With sass and style this pop-funk band has a tight sound, a sophisticated stage act and a repertoire of songs about random things like pie and milk and a tree called Jessica.
Peasants of Eden (Nelson)
An indie rock - jazz band made up of tightly knit cousins, siblings and a mate. Their stage act has energy and costumed conviction with a strong female vocal presence.
Te Paamu (Wellington)
A reggae band that practises in a farm shed, hence the name Te Paamu, which means ‘the farm'.
Inspired by bands like Katchafire and Nesian Mystik they have a lot of energy and a slick presentation.
Dinosaur Goes Rawr! (DGR) (Waikato)
A tight indie pop band with an engaging front-man, and catchy choruses and lyrics from the teenage heart. The best friends got together to form a band and won Hamilton in 2009 and again this year.
The Good Fun (Waikato)
Formed back in the 2009 they also double as a covers band. Their sound is quirky yet accessible with intricate melodies that show mastery of their instruments and vocals.
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