4 ROSES: Nelson College for Girls Prepatory students Georgie Levien, Georgia Brace-Gardiner, Amelie Pessione and Bella Gibbons. Photo: Kate Russell.

Schoolkid rockers take the stage

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The next generation of Nelson musicians is here.

All-girl band 4 Roses, from Nelson College for Girls Preparatory School, will be one of ten Nelson bands taking the Theatre Royal stage for Rockshop Bandquest this Friday night.

The nationwide competition for intermediate and primary students is the younger sibling to Smokefree Rockquest and is a vehicle to develop younger talent.

4 Roses entered last year’s competition having been together for just five weeks, but still placed second overall and won best vocals. They describe their sound as pop-rock and say they are inspired by Ariana Grande and Katy Perry.

There is an award for the best original song to encourage bands to write their own material, but the focus is on performance skills.

Rockshop Bandquest Nelson is on this Friday, August 31 at 7pm at the Theatre Royal. Tickets are $10 plus booking fee from the theatre or TicketDirect.