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Aotearoa's only nationwide, live, original music, youth event


Aotearoa's only nationwide, live, original music, youth event


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ROCKSHOP Bandquest

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2021 National finalists

Alongside celebrating these (INCREDIBLE) top 10, we would like tautoko all of the young musicians and their supporters who have been a part of Smokefreerockquest this year. It was a hard job narrowing down over 750 acts to just 10!

Many of the students who performed this year, whether or not they have made it through to the final stages of the competition, will go on to have a successful and exciting journey with music and performance.  We are STOKED to be a part of that, and you can come see history yourself at the 34th annual Smokefreerockquest National Final!

The top 10 national finalists are (in alphabetical order)


Albert St - Hamilton Boys High, Hamilton Christian School (Waikato)
Big Angry - Otumoetai College (Bay of Plenty)
Coast Arcade - Glendowie College (Auckland Central)

Crumbly Jack - Palmerston North Girls' High School, Wellington High School, Hutt Valley High School (Wellington)
Kenring - Middleton Grange School (Canterbury)
Single Malt - Shirley Boys’ High School (Canterbury)
The Pills - St Kevin’s College (Timaru)


Esther and Matt - Manurewa High School (Manukau)
girl. - Epsom Girls Grammar School (Auckland Central)
Mabel Affleck - Bethlehem College (Bay of Plenty)


We’ve been talking to a bunch of amazing NZ artists about their musical journey and songwriting process. They have generously shared their knowledge, experience, tips and advice.

We are always adding to our collection of artist profiles - from the likes of No Comply, Tomorrow People, Kaylee Bell, There's A Tuesday & heaps more! These profiles are written by the artist especially for YOU - the Smokefreerockquest participants and next generation of musicans!


Key Information

We’re all about making this process as straightforward and smooth sailing as possible for you. We are just a phone call or email away if you have any questions!

How it works

It says it in the title! Here you’ll find a step by step guide to how region-wide and nation-wide aspects of the programme works

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Event Info

Here you’ll find 2021 dates, the team behind Smokefreerockquest, history (including past winners and where they're from!), and FAQs

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Check out the awards up for grabs at our regional and national Smokefreerockquest events. Along with the placings for the top bands and solo/duos, we also have songwriting and musicianships awards.

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