Resort’s got real talent says Jason

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Opshop frontman Jason Kerrison was “blown away” by the performances of young Queenstown musicians at last Friday’s Big Break concert.

So says Arrowtown’s Justin Eden, a trustee of the parent-led Rock Formation Trust that put on the inaugural show.

“Those were his words – he said he was blown away by the amount of talent here.

“For a little town like this, and there were 50 musicians performing, he was amazed,” Eden says.

Kerrison was so impressed, he let teens Molly Devine and Miki Brown sing backing vocals as he performed Opshop’s latest hit Maybe.

Wakatipu High pupils in registered bands took to the stage at Queenstown’s Memorial Hall to perform original and cover songs during the gig.

Rock Formation also invited the senior and junior school jazz bands to play, as well as a soul band.

Big Break’s all about supporting talent amongst the young registered bands – it gives them an
opportunity to polish their sets before playing at the Smokefree Rockquest and Winter Festival Mardi Gras, Eden says.

About 350 people turned up to hear the gig, fellow trustee Liza Devine says.

“It was a huge success, brilliant. It ran really smoothly.