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INVERCARGILL band Park Radio has won the solo/duo section of the Smokefreerockquest Central Otago regional final for the second year in a row.
The Verdon College duo, Cameron Longman (vocals/bass/keyboard) and Sam Cullen (vocals/guitar), have been creating music together for three years.
‘‘Since winning last year we’ve been writing and performing around Invercargill,’’ Cameron said.
‘‘We’ve also been working hard to finish our self-funded EP, which should be out in the next few months. We actually used the Rockshop prize money from last year to buy gear for our home studio, as well as borrowing and begging off people.’’
Second place went to Underage, an acoustic duo formed by James Hargest College (JHC) pupils Rhys Blaas and Jackson Stewart (both vocals/guitar).
At the Otago regional final in Dunedin, JHC pupil Levi Dick won the solo/ duo section, while band Juvenile won the APRA Lyric Award for The Moment.
The top groups from each regional event will now submit 15 minutes of their best material for selection as national finalists.
Founder and director Glenn Common said from here on finalists would have to work hard to make the most of the opportunity.
‘‘This process not only demands musical ability and creativity, they also learn to work together as a group and to develop the organisation and promotional skills they’ll need if they’re going to make it on the Kiwi music scene.’’
The national final will be held in Auckland in September.

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