FAQs What are the Rockshop Bandquest Conditions of Entry?
Click on the Terms and Conditions link at the very bottom of each page.
I can’t make it to my regional event, can I enter in a neighbouring region instead?
Not this year! Although we have allowed it in the past, there has been increasing ill-feeling being created, especially where it leads to schools winning in more than one region. If you can’t make it to your own region’s live event, you can enter in the online region by submitting a video of your performance to this category.
When will the photos from our region be in the Gallery to view?
We try to upload to the site as soon as we can after each event, but due to the number of photos and events, there can be a delay. Please be patient!
What kind of gear will there be to play on at the events? Will there be footswitches? What do we need to bring?
There will be footswitches, and we’ll post details of the backline when we get it. Prior to each event, you will be given info on what you need to bring.
What time do the shows start and finish?
Doors open at 6.30 pm, and the show usually kicks off at 7 pm. Expect the show to end around 10.00 pm. Band members are to be at the venue for briefing at 6.00 pm, after spending the day with us soundchecking.
How much are tickets to regional finals? Are there door sales?
For ticket prices, best to check with the Rockshop Bandquest ticket seller in your region. Yes, there are door sales, providing that the event is not sold out.
Who can enter Rockshop Bandquest?
1. All contestants must be enrolled in Intermediate, Area, Primary, Preparatory or Correspondence school, and must be no older than (school) year 8.
2. A student can only enter in one Rockshop Bandquest band. 3. There is a maximum of 10 students performing on stage in any band. 4. Rockshop Bandquest is for unsigned bands only. You cannot enter if any members of the band have signed a recording or management contract, and cannot continue in the competition if any members sign a recording or management contract, without the prior written
approval of Rockquest Promotions Ltd. 5. Each band is to be representing one school only. An exception will be made where a student changes school after the entry form is submitted, and for students of Correspondence School. Can students play in more than one band?
Students can only enter in one band.
What happens after winning a regional final?
If you place 1st you are eligible to submit a video entry to go into the selection process towards the National Online Final.
What format do videos have to be when submitting to be evaluated for the National Finals? Can it be of us playing live?
These should be uploaded onto Youtube, and then the link emailed to Dan at email@example.com
What is the running order for my region’s event?
You'll find out when you get there!
Do we get any feedback from the judges about our performances?
Yes. Your judging sheet will be emailed to your teacher. Comment sheets from video entries to be considered for the National Finals will be sent out at the conclusion of the process.
Do we get a soundcheck at any of the events?
Yes! These happen in the afternoon of the event day
What if I live in an area of Aotearoa that doesn’t hold an event? Can I still enter?
Yes! We have an online region for exactly this reason – so everyone can enter no matter where you live. If this is you – please select ‘online region’ during your online registration process. Once your registration has been processed, you will receive an email with the information about how you submit your video.
What happens if my band wins our region’s event?
Your band then becomes a National Finalist and you will need to submit a video of you all playing your two songs. This could be a video of the performance that you did at your region’s event, or a new video. All of these performance videos will then be judged to determine our 1st, 2nd and 3rd places as well as other award winners, with the results announced online.
Do we have to write our own songs?
You don't have to - but you can if you want to! There is an award for Best Original Song, so if you've got a killer track you want to showcase, go for it!
Who do I contact if an entrant, or their friends or whanau who will be attending an event, has ACCESSIBILITY requirements?
If there is something we can do to make an event more accessible for you (such as ensuring wheelchair access, providing a sign language interpreter, or reserving seats closer to the front for low visually impaired attendees) - please send us an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on (03) 545 6574
. There is a notes section on the entry form where this information can also be submitted to our team. Please let us know at least 3 weeks before an event to ensure the needed arrangements can be made.
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Without them, Rockshop Bandquest would not be possible. EHARA KOE I A IA!