About

Smokefreerockquest is New Zealand’s only nationwide, live, original music, youth event. Now in its 33rd year, the series of over 40 events reaches audience numbers in excess of 10,000 every year.

Founded in 1989 by music teachers Glenn Common and Pete Rainey, Smokefreerockquest has now become a New Zealand institution.

Smokefreerockquest aims to motivate young musicians to prove their ability and realise the heights they can reach in their music careers, and to encourage their peers to support original New Zealand music.

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Dates for 2021

Please note that it is possible some of these dates may 
change closer to the time.
For runsheets and start times please see your regional page.

You need to have completed the online registration form by 12th May 2021 (the sooner you get it done, the more time you allow yourself to get organised with all the information). If you run into any issues around getting your entry in before 12 May, please contact us.

Region

Heat Date

Final Date

Auckland Central
May 22, 2021
Dorothy Winstone Centre
June 12, 2021
Dorothy Winstone Centre
Auckland Solo-Duo
June 13, 2021
Dorothy Winstone Centre
Bay of Plenty / Te Moana-a-Toi
May 16, 2021
Baycourt
May 29, 2021
Totara Street
Canterbury / Waitaha
May 15, 2021
Aurora Centre
June 4, 2021
Ngaio Marsh Theatre (June 4th & 5th)
Central Otago
-
June 19, 2021
Lake Wanaka Centre
East Coast
June 11, 2021
War Memorial Theatre
July 2, 2021
Lawson Field Theatre
Hawke’s Bay / Te Matau-a-Māui
-
June 12, 2021
Municipal Theatre
Manawatū
May 16, 2021
Globe Theatre
June 25, 2021
Globe Theatre
Manukau
May 22, 2021
Dorothy Winstone Centre
June 18, 2021
Dorothy Winstone Centre
Nelson / Whakatū
May 8, 2021
Annesbrook Church
June 11, 2021
Theatre Royal
North Shore
May 21, 2021
Dorothy Winstone Centre
June 11, 2021
Dorothy Winstone Centre
Northland / Tai Tokerau
May 23, 2021
Tikipunga HS
June 23, 2021
Forum North
Online
Otago / Ōtākou
May 22, 2021
Taieri College
June 25, 2021
Mayfair Theatre
Southland / Murihiku
-
June 17, 2021
Civic Theatre
Taranaki
-
May 29, 2021
TSB Showplace
Timaru
-
June 26, 2021
Craighead Auditorium
Waikato
May 15, 2021
Clarence St Theatre
May 28, 2021
Clarence St Theatre
Wairarapa
-
June 5, 2021
Caterton Events Centre
Wellington / Te Upoko o te Ika
May 15, 2021
Notre Dame PAC
July 3, 2021
Notre Dame PAC
West Coast / Te Tai Poutini
-
Cancelled
Whanganui
-
June 26, 2021
Whanganui Opera House

Team

MATT EALAND

General Manager & Event Manager (Upper North)

GEORGIA PARKER

Communications Manager & Event Assistant

PETE RAINEY

Director / Co-founder

GLENN COMMON

Director / Co-founder
glenn@rockquest.co.nz

DAYNA

Event Co-ordinator & Event Manager (South Island)

JANE

Event Manager (Lower North)

JAMIE

Communications and Event Assistant

ANDREW MCCORMACK

Designer
andrew@rockquest.co.nz

COntact

We’d love to hear from you:
Instagram - @rockquest
Facebook - @rockquest
YouTube - @rockquest
Email ushelp@smokefreerockquest.co.nz

Phone us – (03) 545 6574

Write to us – PO Box 568, Nelson

BREAKING IT DOWN

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!

WATCH + READ MORE

Sponsors

We are extremely grateful for our wonderful sponsors.
Without them, Smokefreerockquest would not be possible.

EHARA KOE I A IA!

FAQs

Who can enter Smokefreerockquest?
When are entries due?
What are the Smokefreerockquest Conditions of Entry?
Can people play in more than one band, 
or enter in a band AND as a soloist?
Can we add, remove or change the members of our band once we’ve entered into Smokefreerockquest?
What happens if one of our band members 
leaves school after we enter?
We entered a while ago but haven’t heard back or 
received any information. What should we do?
How do we change the band name that we 
entered into Smokefreerockquest?
Once you have performed you have to stick with the name we have you entered with. My band is pulling out of Smokefreerockquest. Who do we contact to let know?
Do the songs entered in the APRA Lyrics Writers Award 
have to be the songs that my act plays in the video entry?
Who do I contact if an entrant, or their friends or whanau who will be attending an event, has ACCESSIBILITY requirements?