The chords have been struck, the songs sung and the judging over and 12 Northland high school acts have been chosen for a stab at musical success in the Northland regional final of the Smokefreerockquest.
Thirty three acts - bands, duos and solo performers - from Northland schools pitted their skills against each other in the regional heats of Rockquest at Forum North on Sunday.
The annual musical extravaganza saw acts from Rodney College to Kaitaia College give a five-minute performance to go through to the regional final on June 30, also at Forum North.
When the judges' scores were tallied, Luke and Amberly, from Kamo High School; The Vybes, from Otamatea High School; Hot Plate, Excellere College; Alien Weaponry, Bream Bay College and Waipu Primary School; Natalie Wilson, Tauraroa Area School; The Indecent Combination, Whangarei Boys' High School; Deadweight Empire, Ruawai College and Otamatea High School; Green Light Go, Whangarei Boys' High School; Naomi G, Excellere College; Sliver String, Bream Bay College; Becky Moon, Mahurangi College and Damn the Ordinary, from Otamatea High School, were chosen. .
It was tough going for the judges though, who reported a high standard of performers making their task of whittling down the final 12 difficult.
Northland rockquest coordinator Matt Ealand was happy that the number of schools this year was about the same as in previous years.
"We're pretty happy with this region, it's always an exciting region with high-calibre performances."
From the finals, the first and second-placed acts would compete for the national finals by compiling 15-minute videos.
Rockquest has been running for 24 years and in that time some of the country's biggest acts have cut their teeth in the heat of the competition.