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COMMOTION FAQs

All your COMMOTION questions answered.
General Questions
  • Q:
    When does registration open?
    A:
    COMMOTION student registration will open in March 2023. Pre-registration is open now.
  • Q:
    Where do I get tickets to the Saturday Showcase?
    A:
    COMMOTION students get free entry to the showcase. Everyone else can buy tickets on the showcase page on the website.
  • Q:
    Who is COMMOTION for?
    A:
    COMMOTION is for
    • Singers
    • Songwriters
    • Musicians
    • Electronic musicians
    • Bedroom producers
    • Beatmakers
    • DJ's
    • Future Popstars contestants
    • Rockquest solo/duo or band members
    • You've always wanted to be in a band but not had the opportunity
  • Q:
    What is the age range of COMMOTION?
    A:
    You need to be in at least 14 years of age and under 21 years of age at 12 August 2023.

  • Q:
    How much will student tickets cost?
    A:
    Price yet to be confirmed for 2023. $95.00 plus ticketing fees for 2022. This gives you two full days of workshops and entry to Saturday evening performances.
    If you can't afford this, please contact us as we have a small number of scholarship tickets available thanks to generous sponsors.
  • Q:
    How many students attend?
    A:
    For 2023 we are limiting the event to 80 students plus tutors and crew.
  • Q:
    Do I have to be a musician to take part?
    A:
    COMMOTION is aimed at aspiring musicians, singers, DJ's and producers. There is no minimum ability level but we expect that you either play an instrument, sing, write songs, DJ, or produce music.
    If you have questions about this, please contact us.
  • Q: 
    How skilled do I have to be?
    A:
    A minimum ability level to take part in COMMOTION is basic proficiency in an instrument, singing, and/or songwriting. There is no compulsion to perform, however students are encouraged and supported to perform and in 2022 two thirds of students performed at the showcase in a mix of solo, duo and bands.
  • Q: 
    When does the final programme come out?
    A: 
    We plan to release the final programme by the end of June 2023

  • Q: 
    What happens if it can't go ahead due to Covid?
    A:
    If COMMOTION has to be cancelled, all ticket holders will be refunded in full, less ticketing fees.
  • Q: 
    Do I have to be COVID vaccinated?
    A:
    There are no longer vaccination mandates
  • Q: 
    What does my registration get me?
    A: 

    • 2 days of awesome workshops and panel discussions
    • Entry to the Saturday evening showcase
    • 10% discount card for Beggs MusicWorks (multi-use for 1 yr)
  • Q: 
    What other info will you send me after I sign up?
    A: 

    • We will send all emails to both the student and parent email addresses entered into the registration form.
    • If you indicate that you're interested in performing in the Saturday Showcase, we will be in touch to discuss this.
    • Closer to the event we will reach out to request expressions of interest in the 'Record a demo' workshop and any other workshops that may have limited places.
    • Finally we will email you an information booklet ahead of the event that has all the info you'll need to have a successful COMMOTION. A printed copy of this will be given to you upon arrival at COMMOTION.
  • Q:
    Can I choose the workshops I want to attend?
    A:
    Yes, absolutely. Some workshops may require pre-registration and have limits on places. This will be clearly communicated once the programme is finalised. If over-subscribed, places on these workshops will be drawn from a hat.
  • Q:
    How is COMMOTION different to Rockquest?
    A:
    A common question we’ve been asked is what does this event offer that Rockquest doesn’t? Rockquest and COMMOTION both offer an opportunity to perform on stage, in addition…
    1. Commotion offers students exposure to a wide range of facilitated workshop content otherwise unavailable, and maybe unaffordable, and the opportunity to try new things.
    2. Commotion offers all youth attendees the opportunity to work with some well-known role model artist/tutors.
    3. Commotion helps demystify pathways within the music industry.
    4. To enter Rockquest you need to be a singer/songwriter or be in a band. Starting or getting into a band is not easy and we are aware that many youth musicians miss out on the opportunity to be in a band and our goal is that this event will offer an exciting opportunity to these people and will likely build their confidence and encourage future collaboration.
Performance Questions
  • Q:
    What happens at the Saturday Showcase?
    A:
    This will be a gig with professional sound and lighting for COMMOTION attendees, families and friends. Content can be originals and covers. Check out the video of last year's showcase: https://youtube.com/live/eslDnfQBQ18
  • Q:
    Do I have to perform at the Saturday Showcase?
    A:
    No, there is no compulsion to perform and you can indicate this on the registration form. In 2022, 36 of 50 students performed.
  • Q:
    Will I get a chance to perform on stage?
    A:
    Yes, you can apply to perform your own music (Band or solo-duo) as part of the showcase and you can indicate this on the registration form.
  • Q:
    Can we come as a band?
    A:
    Yes! Whole bands are encouraged to attend.
Logistics Questions
  • Q:
    What do I need to bring to COMMOTION?
    A:
    Everyone: Daypack with lunch, snacks, waterbottle, notebook and pen, phone for photos and communication.
    • Guitar and Bass: Your instrument, tuner or app, any pedals/effects you use and an instrument cable
    • Keyboardists: You can bring your keyboard, or use supplied keyboards
    • Drummers: Drumsticks
    • Singers: Yourself
    • Other instruments: Trumpets, violins etc, just bring your instrument
    • Beat makers/producers: Bring your computer and a thumb drive and perhaps a bluetooth speaker.
    • Everyone: Bring a USB thumb drive in case you create something in a workshop.
    Any questions: Just get in touch.

  • Q:
    What do I need to do for meals?
    A:
    You need to bring your own lunch, snacks and water bottle. There is a dairy over the road and a supermarket 5mins walk away but we recommend you come prepared with your own food.
  • Q:
    What about accommodation and transport?
    A:
    Accommodation and transport to/from COMMOTION is not provided. We hope that you and your family will make a weekend of it in Nelson.
  • Q: 
    Will my computer/instrument be safe?
    A:
    Only COMMOTION students, tutors and crew will be using the event spaces, so your gear should be safe. If you wish to leave gear onsite overnight, please check with event crew where to leave it.