Rockshop Bandquest is a platform for the next generation of contemporary musicians to step out and perform in a supportive and encouraging competition format, with a focus on education, inspiration, and entertainment.  

Rockshop Bandquest was founded in 2011 by Rockquest Promotions, the company behind nationwide original music competitions Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Tangata Beats.

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REGIONAL Dates for 2021

Kia ora koutou,

As you will all be aware, the current situation with Covid-19 being active in the community and the subsequent lockdowns have majorly affected our ability to safely run any live Rockshop Bandquest events anytime in the near future.

After a lot of discussion today, and taking on board the lessons we learnt from the postponements and adaptations we made in 2020 to all of the programmes we run at Rockquest Promotions, we have made the decision to move the remainder of our Rockshop Bandquest 2021 programme to sit online, mean there will be no more live events in 2021.

As the country learns where this current outbreak leaves us and the timeframes involved, we will have more details of what this online adaptation of Rockshop Bandquest will look like (including the new dates) via our platforms - email, social media channels, our website (bandquest.co.nz). We expect to make these announcements once there is a clear signal from the government about timings.
Those that have purchased tickets from Ticketek will be able to get these refunded from the outlet they purchased them from.

We are very excited to see what these acts have prepared in the online adaptation - and although it is disappointing for us to have to move away from live events, as it will be for the young musicians involved, we are glad that they have had the chance to grow their musicianship, performance, teamwork and communication skills already in their preparation for the event.

We want to thank the team at Rockshop NZ who make this event possible and for continuing to support during this transition.
As always - we are in close contact with both the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. We will take their lead and act with complete care and responsibility when making decisions. Keeping students, teachers, the audiences and our crew safe is of paramount importance.
Our intention is to continue to provide a creative platform for NZ students, even if these operate slightly differently than initially planned.
Thank you for being supporters of our platforms and providing your students with opportunities to grow. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to DM us, or send us an email at glenn@rockquest.co.nz.

Thanks everyone - we’ll be in touch soon with more details,
Rockshop Bandquest team

Event Date
August 31, 2021
The Riverbank Centre (Whangarei Theatre Company)
East Coast
August 20, 2021
War Memorial Theatre
August 28, 2021
Dorothy Winstone Centre
August 30, 2021
Taieri College
August 23, 2021
August 24, 2021
August 25, 2021
Haeata Community Campus
Haeata Community Campus
Haeata Community Campus
August 16, 2021
Theatre Royal
August 28, 2021
Notre Dame PAC
September 2, 2021
Hawke’s Bay
August 21, 2021
Napier Municipal Theatre
August 30, 2021
Clarence Street Theatre
North Shore
August 25, 2021
August 26, 2021
Dorothy Winstone Centre
Dorothy Winstone Centre
Bay of Plenty
August 16, 2021
Auckland Central
August 24, 2021
August 27, 2021
Dorothy Winstone Centre
Dorothy Winstone Centre


• National Final submissions due: Mon 13 Sept
• National Final results announced: Tue 28 Sept


We’d love to hear from you:
Instagram - @bandquest
Facebook - @rockshopbandquest
YouTube - @bandquest

Email us – help@smokefreerockquest.co.nz

Phone us – (03) 545 6574

Write to us – PO Box 568, Nelson


When are entries due?
What are the Rockshop Bandquest Conditions of Entry?
I can’t make it to my regional event, can I enter in a neighbouring region instead?
When will the photos from our region be in the Gallery to view?
What kind of gear will there be to play on at the events? Will there be footswitches? What do we need to bring?
What time do the shows start and finish?
How much are tickets to regional finals? Are there door sales?
Who can enter Rockshop Bandquest?
Can students play in more than one band?
What happens after winning a regional final?
What format do videos have to be when submitting to be evaluated for the National Finals? Can it be of us playing live?
What is the running order for my region’s event?
Do we get any feedback from the judges about our performances?
Do we get a soundcheck at any of the events?
What if I live in an area of Aotearoa that doesn’t hold an event? Can I still enter?
What happens if my band wins our region’s event?
Do we have to write our own songs?
Who do I contact if an entrant, or their friends or whanau who will be attending an event, has ACCESSIBILITY requirements?


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