About Us

Who are we?

Helping create NZ music,
one band at a time.


Rock Formation produced the inaugural Big Break (’09) concert at the Queenstown Memorial Hall. Registered bands played to a crowd of 400 and for some, it was their first time on stage.

One month later RockFormation registered bands played for a further three hours on the community stage at the Queenstown Winter Festival Mardi Gras to an estimated crowd of 4000.


Has been provided by New Zealand music greats such as Jason Kerrison, Laughton Kora & Anna Mac. These skilled and accomplished musicians share their experiences whilst providing insight into music industry. They are exceptional role models.

Since 2009 RockFormation has worked with the team at Queenstown WinterFestival to run the community stage on Mardi Gras night. Our calendar of events throughout the year includes working with the Wakatipu High School, Summerdaze Festival, The Gibbston Valley Summer Concert, Gibbston Valley Harvest Festival, Arrowtown Autumn Festival, The Big Break Concert, the Queenstown WinterFestival Mardi Gras, the bi-annual Winter Games, The Youth Booth, Queenstown Jazz Festival, Taste of Queenstown, and working with bands from The Auckland School of Rock, Otago University Contemporary Rock, Cromwell & Wanaka.

From 2009 to date RockFormation has organised hundreds of hours of youth music to be played at festivals & events. Acoustic soloists and bands, playing both covers and original material are encouraged to participate at RockFormation supported events.


The Trust provides the back-line & sound technicians at a variety of events where young musicians perform. RockFormation has raised funding through grants & sponsorships and involvement in fund raising activities, acquiring an extensive collection of guitar amps, bass amps, drum kit & PA. We continue to raise funds to improve equipment & sound capabilities.


To nurture musicianship, creativity, technical and performance skills. Encourage composition and song writing skills that reflect our unique New Zealand culture. To assist in preparing registered members for the professional music industry.


"You were amazing and the audience certainly let you know! We’ve had some great feedback on how awesome the artists were, so thank you! It was great to work with you all and I hope to have the opportunity again soon..."

— Craig Gallagher, Summit Events

"Thanks heaps for bringing the Rockformation to The World Bar. I had such a great day and so did all the staff! All the kids, parents and your crew were really great to work with... Really looking forward to the possible chance of working with you again!"

— Tamara Ashby, The World Bar

"Thank you and everyone in RockFormation for sponsoring Mardi Gras. It was a fantastic event and we are all grateful for all your hard work in making the event so positive for the entertainers and enjoyable for the audience. On behalf of the Alpine Effect band, thank you for giving the band the opportunity to play at Mardi Gras..."

— Lyndel Hardy

"Thanks for another fantastic event. Once again, the students have had a great opportunity to perform on a big stage and there was a lot of preparation from the students. I think it rates as one of the best events in terms of providing students with a local event that is at the very high standard and it was good to see them stepping up to the mark. Thanks for all the planning and organisation!"

— Alison Price

"The RockFormation stage - as always - was brilliant!"

— Simon Green, Winter Festival