Nine Rotorua high school students have organised a music festival in celebration of NZ Youth Week and NZ Music Month.

Headlining tomorrow's festival is X-Factor band Brendon Thomas and the Vibes.

Part of the promotions team organising the event is 17-year-old Darcy Simon who believes the band will be a big drawcard for Rotorua youth.

"I'm a big fan of Brendon Thomas and The Vibes, and when I tell my friends the band is coming to the festival - they all want to come," she said.


The OneChance Festival is supported by the Rotorua Youth Centre, and Darcy said while the festival was for all ages, it had a youth focus.

"I want everyone to have a good time. It's for families, but we especially want to have a concert for the youth."

The first NZ Idol winner Ben Lummis is also among the performers while there will also be food, stalls, buskers, face-painting and bouncy castles.

The event is smoke, drug and alcohol-free.

The festival is an initiative of the OneChance Youth Project which aims to inspire youth to achieve their dreams and goals, according to Rotorua Youth Centre's Alan Solomon.

"They do this by inspiring others through organising a community event.

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"We give them the boundaries and then tell them 'go'."

In order to get the students working together, they took part in team and confidence building exercises.

These included a high ropes course and waka ama, which was crucial to their learning journey. They have also had the benefit of wisdom from a variety of speakers, including mayor Steve Chadwick and Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic tutors, who have provided weekly inspiration and motivation.

The students were picked by teachers from five Rotorua high schools with the aim of providing them with experience in preparation for the realities of the business world.

"The three things I have stressed to them is the need to follow up with a sense of urgency, to focus on goals, and that communication under-pins everything.

"We teach them the expectations of the real world. They need to arrive to meetings on time, have high dress standards and know that their schools' reputation and the sponsors are reliant on them performing.

"It is also to teach them about grit and determination - that if they reach a dead-end, not to give up, not to slack off, but to keep going," said Mr Solomon.


* What: OneChance Music Festival

* Where: Te Kura Kaupapa O Hurungaterangi, 114 Sunset Rd

* When: Tomorrow 12pm-5pm

* Cost: Free