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The Next Move was formed in Christchurch by bass guitarist Ross Taylor, an ex member of "The Raves" and first appeared regularly at "Club Jamal" - laterly at the "Mecca".  Subsequently the band was approached by Prestige Promotions to take up a residency at the "Monaco" in Cathedral Square.  They went on to win Benny Levin's South Island Battle of the Bands and also to provie backing for "The Real Thing" at the Civic Theatre.  During August 1968 the band travelled to Auckland to appear live on the popular TV show of the time "C'Mon" - the first South Island band to do so.  They took part in "The All-Swinging Show" with star of C'Mon — Sandy Edmonds, Mr Lee Grant, and compèred by Tommy Adderley.  The Next Move disbanded in 1969, with vocalist Les Inwood and lead guitarist Doug Baker going on to form "Chapta", whilst keyboardist Dennis Grant went on to play in "The Inspiration" at the Heathcote Valley Tavern.

Profile shows The Next Move circa 1967  —  Dennis Grant, Les Inwood, Gordon "Noddy" Hutchinson (Drums), Doug Baker and Ross Taylor in front.