SlouchCouch singer Khailana Kendrick performing at Rockquest last year.

Youth bands set to rock

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The region’s finest rock, pop and electronica youth bands are set to return to the stage this month, offering more guitar shredding, bass thumping, drum pumping live music.

Rock the South is a free youth event which is set to ‘rock the roof off’ the Old St John Hall on Saturday, June 25 between 8 and 11pm.

“This is an excellent excuse to come out of that winter hybernation and use live music to re-energise,” says event organizer Paul McConachie.

“We have assembled an epic lineup of youth bands which highlights the depth of talent we have across our region.”

Fresh from Smokefreerockquest success is Outlet, a Nelson Boys College Trio who picked up third placing in the recent Nelson Finals.

They are joined on stage by fellow Smokefreerockquest finalists SlouchCouch (Nayland College), Acoustic Knot, RELM (both Waimea College), and The Padd Brittz (Mouteka High School).

The Jazzy Boyz (Nelson Boys College) and Atom Flight (Marlborough Boys College) complete the stellar lineup.

Chair of Council’s Community Services Committee Pete Rainey says the event showcases some very talented young artists.

“Nelson youth are such a talented bunch and it will be great to see them up on stage sharing their music with their peers.”

The event is strictly alcohol and other drug free. Security and youth workers will be on hand to ensure a happy and safe time for all.