Big break for big talent

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Young musicians at Sunday’s Big Break concert are getting even younger, with plenty of fresh talent making their stage debut. 

The third annual music gig has attracted 12 new bands out of a total line-up of 13 – and for the first time, there’ll be a band from Queenstown Primary entering. 

Typically billed as a chance for teenagers to get a taste of live musical performances, parent organisers Rock Formation have extended the invitation to primary schools this year. 

“Often primary schools have got some really good music programmes,” Rock Formation’s Justin Eden says. 

“As a result, they are producing some great Year 7 and 8 bands,” he says. 

Queenstown Primary’s Year 8 band Without A Bass will be the first primary band at the gig. 

“The aim of that is when they move on to Wakatipu High they know what’s in store for the Big Break programme and they will already have a band established,” Eden adds. 

Also new to the line-up is Wakatipu High Year 12 rock band Smokescreen. 

Band members Jasper Fawcett and Todd Kirkwood, both 16, have been wanting to enter for the past couple of years but haven’t got round to it till this year. 

They’re joined by classmates Mitch Martin and Andrew Benington, also 16, who have entered before but it’s the first time the foursome are performing as Smokescreen. 

“It’s a good opportunity to get out there before Rockquest in July,” Jasper says. 

The smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free event plays at Revolver bar on downtown Queenstown’s Shotover Street from 2pm.