The annual Bay of Plenty regional Smokefreerockquest event will take centre stage at Baycourt in Tauranga today.
Starting from 2pm, the programme, which is now in its 34h year, is held nationwide with events held in venues in 21 regions from Whangarei to Invercargill - hosting thousands of young musicians every year.
Smokefreerockquest is run simultaneously with Smokefree Tangata Beats which aims to nurture Pasifika and Māori culture in a contemporary music setting.
Participants, all enrolled in schools around the region, will perform on a professional stage.
They will experience a full set up with stage lighting, a live sound engineer, a projected backdrop, technical support, full stage set-up and an MC running the show.
This year the regional event will welcome a live audience as well as being live-streamed so that friends, family and support crew of the acts can watch remotely.
The regional event and live stream will start at 2pm.
General manager Matt Ealand says an ethos of development and confidence building has always reminded central to the programme.
“With a 34 year history of Smokefreerockquest, and a very rich history of great kiwi musicians at that, we know that this programme works,” says Ealand.
“Performing live on stage is a great boost in confidence and gives a great sense of achievement. It requires a lot of skills, not just musical ability.”
The Bay of Plenty acts performing on July 1 are:
Session 1 (2:00-4:00)
Rua kenana tribe (TB Only) Rotorua Boys' High School
Tu Mai ra raukura (TB Only) Rotorua Boys' High School
TABS (SFRQ and SFTB) Rotorua Boys High School
Raukura Reggaes (SFRQ and SFTB) Rotorua Boys High School
Strangers Alike (SFRQ and SFTB) Rotorua Boys High School
Brother up rising (SFRQ and SFTB) Rotorua Boys High School
L.A.M Rotorua Boys' High School
snags Rotorua Boys High School
Sophie and Tayla Rotorua Girls' High School
Kaegan Palmer Taupo-nui-a-Tia College
unregistered Trident High School
Aimee Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu
Scooby Don't Whakatane High School
Unplugged Whakatane High School
Child's Pose Whakatane High School
Part Time Losers Western Heights High School
Paradox Blue Rotorua Lakes High School
Milhaus John Paul College
Session 2 (4:30-7:00)
Emma's Abs Mercury Bay Area School
Duckfoot Mercury Bay Area School
habitless Mercury Bay Area School
Another Highkey February Mercury Bay Area School
Francie Lidgard Mercury Bay Area School
Florence Peachblossom Mt Maunganui College
The Darlings Mt Maunganui College
MICAH (SFRQ and SFTB) Mt Maunganui College
Their There Mt Maunganui College
Mount Maunganui B Mt Maunganui College
Alchemy Mt Maunganui College
INDIGO Arataki School
SIMPLE CREATURES Papamoa College
OCD Papamoa College
L.I.T Papamoa College
PROTOCOL Papamoa College
M.G Papamoa College
RADIATION Papamoa College
BLAZIN SUNSETS Papamoa College
S.A.V Papamoa College
Session 3 (7:30-10:00)
Gnomeskulls ACG Tauranga
ADHD ACG Tauranga
Unit 51 Tauranga Boys' College
Emessgee (MSG) (SFRQ and SFTB) Tauranga Boys' College
Latch Key Kids Tauranga Girls' College
deja vu Aquinas College
indiajoyce Aquinas College
Secondhand Originals Bethlehem College
A LOON Bethlehem College
Slept In Bethlehem College
0.8 Bethlehem College
Deeds of Mars Bethlehem College
IDK Bethlehem College
Tabby Otumoetai College
the nobodies Otumoetai College
Kongregate Otumoetai College
bla bla uh huh boo hoo Otumoetai College
Temp22 Otumoetai College