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Predicting big things from Sixth Sense

They probably saw the win coming but now it's official — Gisborne Girls' High School band Sixth Sense have won the East Coast heat of the Smokefree Tangata Beats music competition.

Tolaga Bay Area School act 2K Rhythm were second.

Sixth Sense's bass guitarist Becky Devine believes the band stands a good chance of advancing to the national final.

“Each of our parts come together nicely and create a nice vibe, dynamic and contrast,” she said. “We get along really easily and it is really special and important to have that.”

Smokefree Tangata Beats runs alongside the Smokefreerockquest school-aged music competition, with a focus on the cultural identity of New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Participants must incorporate te teo Maori or a Polynesian language, instruments, dance or movement in their performance.

Due to restrictions around Covid-19, competing acts in each region submitted video entries for consideration in this year's competition.

Along with winning a prize package from the Rockshop, Sixth Sense will go into the national selection pool for the event's live national final.

Finalists will be announced on Friday and the top acts will compete live at the national final at Auckland's Epsom Girls Grammar on September 11 — the day before the Smokefreerockquest national final.

Gisborne Girls' High School's Sixth Sense won the Smokefree Tangata Beats regional competition. They are keyboard player Sophie Akroyd, Jenae Kerisome on guitar, drummer Alyssa Herbert, singer Johelonn Toroa-Taare, Becky Devine on bass and guitarist Sivanah Marsh. Picture supplied