Smokefreerockquest

By PHILIP CHANDLER An up-and-coming indie-pop muso from Arrowtown drops another single tomorrow. Sofia Machray, 21, a former Wakatipu High student who’s now based in Wellington, is releasing Milky Ways on streaming platforms including Spotify and YouTube. A video follows a few...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Young Whakatipu musos continue to punch above their weight. Arrowtown rock band Train Surfers - one of six school bands performing this Saturday afternoon during three-day music festival Arrow Sounds - has been given the opportunity to record...

King Beats ready for a rave

By TRACEY ROXBURGH The only thing he needed was for the Alert Level to come to the party. King Beats organiser Brendan Mulcahy says he’s ‘‘having a nightmare’’ with the Kingston festival, planned for this Saturday, in light of the uncertainty around...

Young rockstars

By PHILIP CHANDLER Wakatipu High’s musical talent rocks. Two Year 13 students have achieved amazing success in the national Smokefreerock quest competition for the second year running. Last year, as Haven, Ryan Connaghan and Harrison Maguire, both 17, along with Jack Wilson —...
By HUGH COLLINS Like most of us, Sofia Machray has spent the last seven weeks complying  with the national Covid-19 lockdown. But this was never going to stop last Friday's release of her debut single, Handstands. The Arrowtown songwriter and guitarist describes...

Unvarnished potential

One local band is hoping to smoke the competition at this weekend's Smokefreerockquest regional finals in Queenstown. Rafe Swan, 17, the drummer of Wakatipu High School band Quencha, reckons the trio have a shot at making it to the next...
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