Smokefreerockquest is something of an institution in New Zealand these days. Since 1989, the nationwide youth event has been helping young musicians realise their ability, and at the same time encourage their peers to support 100% NZ Music.
You only have to look at the list of successful bands that have been brought through the ‘rockquest system’ currently in the NZ Music scene. Check it out: Evermore, Die!Die!Die!, the Datsuns, Brooke Fraser, Anika Moa, Cut off your Hands, Flight of the Conchords, The Electric Confectionaires, Elemeno P, So So Modern, Midnight Youth, Bang!Bang!Eche! Steriogram, Lady Hawke, Minuit, Fat Freddys Drop, Aaradhna, Atlas, The Feelers, The Blackseeds, Nesian Mystic, Bic Runga, The Have, Fur Patrol, Liam Finn, Pine, King Kapisi, and The Checks. Impressive.
So yeah, the 2010 programme has kicked off and if you want a piece just click fru to their site here: http://www.smokefreerockquest.co.nz/ or check out the dates listed below.
AUCKLAND CENTRAL Final - Sat 22nd May
AUCKLAND EAST Final - Sat 19th June
AUCKLAND WEST Final - Fri 28th May
BAY OF PLENTY Final - Fri 25th June
CANTERBURY Finals - Fri 11th June & Sat 12th June
CENTRAL OTAGO (WANAKA/QUEENSTOWN) Final - Sat 24th July
EAST COAST Final - Sat 19th June
HAWKES BAY Final - Sat 29th May
MANAWATU Final - Sat 12th June
MANUKAU Final - Fri 11th June
NELSON/MARLBOROUGH Final - Sat 26th June
NORTHLAND Final - Fri 2nd July
NORTH SHORE Final - Fri 4th June
OTAGO Final - Sat 29th May
ROTORUA Final - Sat 26th June
SOUTHLAND Final - Fri 28th May
TARANAKI Final - Sat 26th June
TIMARU Final - Sat 19th June
WANGANUI Final - Fri 25th June
WAIKATO Final - Sat 12th June
WAIRARAPA Final - Sat 24th July
WELLINGTON inc. HUTT Final - Fri 2nd July
WEST COAST Final - Fri 18th June
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