Students prepare to rock at Timaru

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Two South Canterbury musical groups are hoping for even higher accolades than in 2020, during Saturday’s 2021 regional Smokefreerockquest rounds.

The BigFoots, made up of Liam Pelvin, Luke Smith and Reef Brazendale, are one of three groups of Opihi College enrolled in the Mid / South Canterbury and Waitaki regional heats that take place at the Craighead Diocesan School auditorium.

Opihi College group The BigFoots hope to be in the national top 10 of the 2021 Smokefreerockquest, from left to right, Liam Pelvin, Luke Smith and Reef Brazendale.

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Opihi College group The BigFoots hope to be in the national top 10 of the 2021 Smokefreerockquest, from left to right, Liam Pelvin, Luke Smith and Reef Brazendale.

In the group’s first foray into the 2020 competition, they made it into the top 20 nationally, while Mountainview High School’s duo Isa Creba and Lucy Barge came in second in the Mid / South Canterbury and Waitaki regions.

This time the BigFoots have worked hard to make it into the top 10 nationally, so they can compete as finalists in Auckland in September.

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Opihi College music teacher Russell Fleming said last year that the bands had to compete virtually due to Covid-19, so the BigFoots were eager to take the stage.

Reef will also perform solo in the competition.

“BigFoots have strong songs [skate punk] and they worked really hard, so I hope they do well, ”Fleming said.

The school’s two other groups, competing for the first time, are Abusiv and Temuka Panic, whom Fleming describes as playing independent music.

Luke Smith, left, Liam Pelvin and Reef Brazendale ahead of Saturday's Rockquest regional heat in Timaru.

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Luke Smith, left, Liam Pelvin and Reef Brazendale ahead of Saturday’s Rockquest regional heat in Timaru.

He said the school was hosting a stage night on Thursday so the community could see some of the regional entries performing in the school hall starting at 6:30 p.m. with a donation of gold coins.

“This will pay for the drumsticks and broken guitar strings,” Fleming said.

The Craighead Diocesan School competition is Tomorrow Afternoon in the group category and Alysha Bradley is in the solo category.

The Smokefreerockquest is in its 33rd year and aims to motivate young musicians in middle and high school to prove their ability and gain confidence in front of an audience.

Once the top 12 groups from the 22 regions have been chosen, they will perform again in front of the judges. The top 20 and the audience’s choice go into the video submissions for the selection of the national top 30.

BigFoots drummer, Opihi College, Luke Smith gets into the rhythm.

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BigFoots drummer, Opihi College, Luke Smith gets into the rhythm.

The top 30 are then reviewed and reassessed by a new jury and the top 10 chosen to compete in the national finals in Auckland in September.

Tickets for the Saturday night regional playoffs cost $ 23 for adults and $ 10.25 for students up to 0800 buy tix.

Thing asked for a list of all groups competing in the Saturday heats.

Competitors in the Mid / South Canterbury and Waitaki regional rounds will likely be: B4 Four – Ashburton College, Intrepid 6 – Ashburton College, Butterfly Effect – Ashburton College, 2NDSOUL – Ashburton College, Tomorrow Afternoon – Craighead Diocesan School, Alysha Bradley – Craighead Diocesan School (solo), Allo Blue – Geraldine High School, MONDAZE – Mount Hutt College, Bella Casey-Solly – Mount Hutt College (solo), The BigFoots – Opihi College, Abusiv – Opihi College, Francis – Opihi College, Reef Brazendale – Opihi College (solo), Strikadonia – Roncalli College, April Manson – Roncalli College (solo), Beyond Rhodes – Roncalli College (duo), The Pills – St Kevins College, Third Junction – Timaru Boys’ High School, Dreamy Dniggle – Timaru Boys’ High School / Mountainview High School, Aliyah Obrien – Waitaki Girls’ High School.


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