Friendship is the secret ingredient to country rock band the Angelettas.
The five-piece girl band from Methven took part in the New Zealand Gold Guitars and the Freeze Ya Bits Off busking competition at the weekend, and won the under-14 group section of the busking contest.
The band comprises Charli Hellyer, bass, Leah Maw,drums, Alice Miers, (all 12) electric guitar, Bella Casey-Solly acoustic guitar and Rose Dargue (both 13), keyboards.
Charli said the girls had spent most of their primary school days together, and that was where they had learned to play instruments.
“We started getting guitar lessons at Lauriston Primary School and Rose played the piano,” Charli said.
“We’re all friends and have known each other for a long time,” Rose said.
In 2017, Methven music teacher Wayne Pannett helped the girls form a band and find a name.
“The keyboard that Wayne had was called Angeletta,” Charli said.
“We’re not angels,” Alice said.
The girls are now in year 8 at Mt Hutt College.
Alice’s mother came up with the idea of the band going to Gore.
The Angelettas practised together three times a week.
The band fundraised to cover expenses for the trip south, including busking on the streets of Methven.
“The reason we did it was . . . to get practice for down here and to test out how it was going to sound with battery amps [amplifiers],” Charli said.
The band had enjoyed its first trip to Gore and was planning on coming back.
“[It was] pretty amazing. The coolest thing was, like, staying together and playing together,” Bella said.