Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Pacifica Beats are back in business for 2016, and TEARAWAY is going to be bringing you all the action as Smokefreerockquest’s proud media partner.

It’s gearing up to be a big year, with Smokefreerockquest set to deliver an estimated 650 bands and solo/duos the opportunity to perform live in 20 regions throughout NZ.

“Worldwide, there’s a renewed emphasis on live performance in the music scene, with all the excitement that streamed music alone cannot deliver,” said founder and director Glenn Common.

“For young people, Smokefreerockquest provides a professional stage setting with lights, MC and digital backdrop. It takes them to the roots of musical performance, to audience response and to what, for many, is a life-changing experience on stage.”

This year, students can enter in the solo/duo section as well as being part of a band.

“They can get the experience of performing alone or in a duo, as well as gaining the benefits of working together as a band, and we’re providing another NZQA curriculum assessment opportunity for music students,” said Common.

The winner of the solo/duo section will be announced at the regional heats, except in Auckland, which now has its own solo/duo event.

Smokefree Pacifica Beats provides a creative platform for youth to express themselves through music and performance featuring Maori and Pacific language and culture, while mixing and blending it with contemporary Kiwi flavours.

This year entrants in Smokefree Pacifica Beats can perform at the Smokefreerockquest gig in their region or submit performance video; with the exception of Auckland, where Smokefree Pacifica Beats heats will be held on June 18, with finals on July 2.

The regional events for both contests run from May 13 until July 2. Then the top regional bands and solo/duos submit video footage for selection to play off at the Smokefree Pacifica Beats national final on Friday September 23 at the Raye Freedman Centre in Auckland, followed by the Smokefreerockquest national on Saturday September 24.

Smokefreerockquest, powered by Rockshop, has national winners’ prize packages for bands and solo/duo winners that includes $22,000 in Rockshop vouchers, a $20,000 NZ On Air recording, video and promo package, a ‘Decent Exposure’ campaign on FOUR, a photo shoot and branding package from Imaginary Friends.

There is also the MAINZ Scholarship for Outstanding Musicianship, the APRA Lyric Award, the Lowdown Best Song Award, the Smokefree Women’s Musicianship Award, the Dominate Hair Style Award and the People’s Choice voted by text with the opportunity to open the Smokefreerockquest national final.

We are excited to be an official media partner this year and look forward to bringing you all the news!