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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Dates for 2021

Please note that it is possible some of these dates may 
change closer to the time.

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


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.