Fourteen musical acts are set to compete at the Wanganui final of the 2017 Smokefreerockquest this weekend!

High school bands, duos and solos from Wanganui will play off for first and second place prizes and the opportunity to go into the sort after eight spots at the national finals in September.

Smokefreerockquest founder and director Pete Rainey said at this level some entrants are already showing the stand-out factor that could see them achieve music career success.

“Saturday night’s event gives a new cohort of bands the opportunity to take their obsession with music and develop the organisational and stage craft skills that will help them become another Kiwi music success.”

Its past winners have included acts that have gone on to international fame, including Kimbra, Evermore, Ladyhawke, Anika Moa, Kora, Brooke Fraser, Phoenix Foundation, Bic Runga, and many more.

The full line-up of bands and solo/duo acts are:
Brimstone – Whanganui High School
Paradox- Whanganui High School
S!x – Whanganui High School
Chanpertional – Whanganui High School
Sleepy Teens Club – Whanganui High School
Straight Lace – Whanganui High School
JFD’s – Whanganui High School
Space Cactus – Whanganui High School
etc, etc…- Ruapehu College
Ariana and Monika – Rangitikei College
Tia – Rangitikei College
Crystal-Lee & Anastacia – Rangitikei College
Madie – Wanganui City College
Xavia – Ruapehu College

The public is invited to watch some of Wanganui best young talent perform at the Royal Wanganui Opera House on Saturday, May 27, at 7pm. Adults $20, students $10, tickets from the Royal Wanganui Opera House.