This week we are joined by Clarke Gayford as we travel to where Smokefreerockquest all began, Nelson. This is where school teachers Pete Rainey and Glenn Common started Smokefreerockquest 3 decades ago.
As the home of The Broods, in 2011 siblings Georgia and Caleb Nott performed with their band The Peasants and took out the winning spot. Since, the siblings have won numerous awards, including people’s choice award in 2016 at the New Zealand Music Awards. Georgia says her and her brother “seriously would not be in the amazing position we are in right now if Rockquest didn’t exist. It was and always will be one of the best things we ever did”.
The following year, Nelson Collage band New Vinyl also won. Needless to say, there is some amazing talent in Nelson - Don’t take my word for it though, watch this weeks Webisode to see for yourself!