Coming Soon

Massive congratulations to everyone who was up for Semi-finalist consideration - it was an incredibly tough job selecting just 30 acts to go through to the next stage. Everyone should feel incredibly proud of themselves.

Here they are - you're 2022 Top 30 Semi-finalists!

Bands (alphabetically)
3D Howls - Burnside High School & Kaiapoi High School (Canterbury)
Alchemy - Papamoa College & Mt Maunganui College (Bay of Plenty)
Bright Sky - Scots College, Wellington High School, Com Ed Centre, Wellington East Girls' College, & Rongotai College (Wellington)
Estrogen - Wakatipu High School (Central Otago)
Lift - Diocesan School For Girls (Auckland Central)
Mmc B - Mt Maunganui College (Bay of Plenty)
Mystery - Alfriston College (Manukau)
Parkdale - Mt Albert Grammar School (Auckland Central)
Pinejah - Cambridge High School (Waikato)
Sense of Time - Kings High School (Otago)
Smoked Paprika - Hillcrest High School (Waikato)
Spoken - Mt Aspiring College (Central Otago)
Stay In It - Palmerston North Girls' High School (Manawatū)
Studio A- Middleton Grange School (Canterbury)
Súe Chef - John McGlashan College (Otago)
The Flares - Cashmere High School (Canterbury)
The Gandharvas - New Plymouth Boys' High School (Taranaki)
The Jehts - Christchurch Girls' High School, Christchurch Boys' High School, Avonside Girls' High School (Canterbury)
Their there - Mt Maunganui College (Bay of Plenty)
This Machine Means Murder - Western Springs College (Auckland Central)

Solo/Duo (alphabetically)
Beattie Brothers - Long Bay College (North Shore)
Emerson Devos- Hutt Valley High School (Wellington)
Grace & Leigh - Albany Senior High School & Kristin School (North Shore)
Heidingbehindanna - Christchurch Girls High School (Canterbury)
Imani J and Kahu S-B - Nayland College, Nelson College For Girls (Nelson)
Keira - Gisborne Girls' High School (East Coast)
Micah - Mt Maunganui College (Bay of Plenty)
Stank Plankton - Hutt Valley High School (Wellington)
Third Junction - Timaru Boys' High School (Timaru)
Zac & Maddison - Garin College & Waimea College (Nelson)

These acts are now invited to film a live recording of three of their songs in a professional studio setting. These videos will be judged alongside each other by a panel of industry professionals to decide on the national top 10!

The Top 10 will be announced at 12pm on 26th August.

The National Final will be held in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) at Q theatre on 24 September.
Semi-finalists - you will hear from us today with what happens next.
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