Smokefreerockquest is New Zealand’s only nationwide, live, original music, youth event. Now in its 27th year, the series of over 40 events reaches audience numbers in excess of 10,000 every year.
Founded in 1989 by music teachers Glenn Common and Pete Rainey, Smokefreerockquest has now become a New Zealand institution.
Smokefreerockquest aims to motivate young musicians to prove their ability and realise the heights they can reach in their music careers, and to encourage their peers to support original New Zealand music.
Musical successes from Smokefreerockquest over its 26-year history include Kimbra, The Peasants, Broods, Joel Little, Bangladesh, Doprah, Midnight Youth, Opshop, Annah Mac, Evermore, Ladyhawke, Minuit, Kids of 88, Die!Die!Die!, Pistol Youth, Bang!Bang!Eche!, Ivy Lies, Cairo Knife Fight, Cut Off Your Hands, Luke Thompson, The Datsuns, Brooke Fraser, Anika Moa, Anna Coddington, The Electric Confectionaires, Steriogram, Aaradhna, Spacifix, The Naked and Famous, Phoenix Foundation, The Feelers, The Black Seeds, Nesian Mystik, Bic Runga, The Checks, Julia Deans, Pine, King Kapisi, Kingston, Autozamm and Elemeno P.
Smokefreerockquest Management Team
Glenn Common – Founder/Director
Pete Rainey – Founder/Director
Matt Ealand – Rockquest Charitable Trust Chairman
Dan Kendrick – Event Producer