Ben Mollison

When 15-year old Bethlehem College student Ben Mollison took to the stage at the Smokefree Rockquest Bay of Plenty regionals, he stole the show. The sound that came from the unassuming Tauranga kid was as mature as songwriters twice his age.

His earnest folk tune “The Things You’ll Miss”, took out second place in the Solo/Duo category at the regionals, also being awarded the APRA lyric award. A pretty stunning effort considering it was his first shot at songwriting. Mollison also went on to win the Solo/Duo Award at Rockquest’s national finals, as well as Play It Strange’s Folk Award.