Category Archives: Competition

Win 2 Tickets to see First Aid Kit, Goodnight Lenin and Mr. Bones & The Dreamers

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit play The Hare and Hounds on Thursday 15th July and the kind hearted souls at Birmingham Promoters (in association with Miss Perry) have given Blue Whale Studios two tickets to give away so a couple of  you lovely readers can get in gratis. Plus Goodnight Lenin and Mr Bones and the Dreamers are supporting, completing a very tasty line up indeed.

In the comment box below just tell us what the nastiest accident you’ve had that required medical attention and the person with the most toe curlingly gruesome experience, will get themselves two tickets to help them through the traumatic ordeal.

If, like me, you’re an unlucky sod and don’t win the coveted prize, tickets are £5 via the cheaplist, just email with your full name.

Good luck!


Unsigned bands- Win A Chance To Play Field Day Festival With The Quietus

Awesome music site The Quietus is holding a competition for unsigned bands to enter, for the chance to play at Field Day Festival.
To enter the competition – you will need to go here. Although Blue Whale Studios has nothing to do with the competition, other than being asked to post something about it, expect us to take full credit if a Birmingham band wins. Check out more details below….

Gruff Ryhs & Tony Da Gattorra - your band could share the bill with these loons

As you might know, The Quietus is hosting the Village Mentality stage at this year’s Field Day Festival in London’s Victoria Park. Our stage is the place where you’ll be coming for the good noggin-twisting sounds as we’ve got Mouse On Mars, Silver Apples, Amiina, Esben & The Witch, Max Tundra, Flower Corsano Duo, Beth Jeans Houghton and Gruff Rhys’ deeply terrifying new project with Tony Da Gattorra.

Beth Jeans Houghton

And, excitingly, we’ve got a live slot spare to open proceedings on July 31st and we want your band to fill it.

Basically if you fancy playing our stage all you have to do is send in some music which will be listened to by Bad Cop (Luke) and Even Worse Cop (John). After we have chosen our favourite Necrotic Black Metal Tuvan Throat Singing Industrial Glo Fi act out of all of the demos, then we’ll invite that group to open The Quietus stage on the Saturday morning.

You will get VIP passes for chums, a tasty rider and, of course, the success and acclaim that can surely only come after being blessed by the mighty palm of the Quietus. (“Just ask Dead Skeletons, Gnaw Their Tongues and Teeth Of The Sea how their lives have been irrevocably improved by this mighty accolade”, says John.) We’re accepting submissions from all unsigned bands, though if you’ve had a few hundred cheap 7″ pressed on a tiny label we won’t hold it against you.

Closing date June 18th, no exceptions. And, please, dear god, if you’ve just decided to get over your girlfriend recently leaving you by recording lots of singer/songwritery acoustic guitar accompanied ‘freak’ folk please mark your entries ‘Delete Immediately Without Listening’.


Win 2 Tickets to Future of The Left / Sabotage Left / Circus Town @ The Rainbow

Angry noise punks Future of The Left are coming to tear The Rainbow a new one this Thursday (3rd June) with help from Sabotage Left and Circus Town. The lovely folk at Birmingham Promoters have given Blue Whale Studios two tickets to offer as a fantabulous prize.

Future of the Left is an alternative rock band which formed in 2005 in Cardiff, Wales. They consist of Andy “Falco” Falkous (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Kelson Mathias (bass, vocals) and Jack Eggelstone (drums). Falkous and Eggelstone are former members of mclusky and Mathias is a former member of Jarcrew.

Welsh trio mclusky was one of the bright spots in the British indie scene’s post-Britpop hangover, forming in 1999 and releasing three appealingly noisy albums before splitting in January 2005. During the same period, Welsh electro-punks Jarcrew released two albums before also splitting in early 2005, reportedly due to the drummer finding religion.

While mclusky bassist Jon Chapple went off to form Shooting At Unarmed Men, the trio’s remaining members, singer/guitarist Andrew Falkous and drummer Jack Egglestone, hooked up with Jarcrew singer and keyboardist Kelson Mathias and bassist Hywel Evans. Evans soon left to start his own group, so with Mathias moving over to bass (and after experimenting with a variety of tongue-in-cheek names) the remaining trio debuted as Future Of The Left in autumn 2006.

Remaining with mclusky’s label Too Pure, Future of the Left made their debut with the double A-side Fingers Become Thumbs / The Lord Hates A Coward in January 2007. Two more singles followed: adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood and Small Bones Small Bodies; and the album Curses was released in September 2007. Falkous’s trademark abrasive guitar riffs and vocals remained in evidence, but also added to the mix were keyboards: an old Roland synth plugged through a guitar amp in most cases, but also acoustic piano on album closer The Contrarian.

Amidst constant touring, a stopgap live album last night i saved her from vampires was released in 2008.

March 2009 saw a new single on 4AD, The Hope That House Built, and second studio album Travels With Myself And Another was released in June.

To win the tickets for yourself – just answer the question below:

What two bands previous bands were the members of Future of The Left in?

Answers in the comment box below. It’s not that hard really, the answer is in the biog above.

In the likely event of there being more than one correct answer, we will draw the winners name out of a hat.

Good luck!!!

WIN! 2 Tickets to See A Place to Bury Strangers

Birmingham Promoters are kindly letting Blue Whale Studios give away 2 x tickets to see explicit noise banshees A Place to Bury Strangers at The Hare and Hounds on Tuesday 18th May.

All you have to do to win the tickets is go to our Facebook page here and answer this question:

Where would you like to be buried?

Post your answer in the comment box and the strangest answer we receive, determined by our panel of expert weird necro-judges, will win the pair of tickets.

Good luck.

Blue Whale Studios on the judging panel for Godiva Unsigned

Blue Whale Studios sit on the panel for bands to win the chance to play in front of thousands on the main stage at the Midlands’ largest free festival.

Godiva Unsigned

For some reason that we’ve not got round to getting our heads around yet, the lovely, if slightly deluded chaps at Godiva Festival have asked us, yes us, to be on the judging panel for this year’s Godiva Unsigned competition.

Those expecting anyone fractionally as attractive as Cheryl Cole, Danni Minogue or even Arlene Phillips for that matter, will likely be hugely disappointed.

Is this you in 2010?

Previous Godiva Unsigned competition winners have shared the bill with the likes of The Enemy, Idlewild, Biffy Clyro, Kasabian, and Super Furry Animals.

The Godiva Festival

Four bands from across Warwickshire and the West Midlands are being given the once in a lifetime opportunity to perform on the main stage of the Midlands’ largest free festival, on Saturday 3rd July.

Blue Whale Studios is all about unearthing and promoting the finest raw talent that the Midlands has to offer, so we are naturally honoured that Godiva have asked us to take part as judges.

Now, we’re not going to pretend we understand the voting process, but you are clever musicians, so you’ll be ok with the following:

How to enter

To enter, and be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize, simply upload an mp3 and complete our short application form here.

Alternatively download an application form and post it, along with a demo CD to:

Godiva Unsigned Competition
Events Department
CV One Limited
New Union Street

Closing date Friday 26th March 2010

The selection process

A team of three judges will whittle down all entries to a shortlist of 40 bands.

These 40 bands will then be further shortlisted by a separate team of judges.  Each band will be marked on a scale of 1-10, with the highest scoring 20 bands going through to the heats.

The top 20 shortlisted bands will be informed by Friday 2nd April 2010.   Due to the level of applications we receive only shortlisted bands will be contacted.  If you have not heard from organisers, CV One, by 2nd April your application unfortunately has been unsuccessful.

The top 20

The 20 shortlisted bands will take part in the live heats which will be held in April and May (dates and venues to be confirmed).  Each heat will consist of 5 bands with 2 bands from each heat going through to the final.

One band will be selected by a panel of judges, the other by audience vote.  Should the judges and audience vote be the same, the publics 2nd choice will go through to the final.

Online votes

Once the final 8 bands have been selected, the public will be able to vote for their favourite band on the Godiva Festival website from the day after the last heat to the day before the final.  Only 1 vote will be allowed per IP address.

The total online votes will count for 20% of the total score.

The final

The final of Godiva Unsigned 2010 will take place in May (date and venue to be confirmed), with each band performing a 20 minute set.

The bands selected to go through to perform on the main stage of the Godiva Festival will be based on judges vote, audience vote and online votes weighted 40:40:20 respectively.

Each member of the audience will select their top 4 bands, with the number of votes for each band collated.  The top 4 bands who receive the most votes will then be scored (10 points for 1st, 6 points for 2nd, 4 points for 3rd and 2 points for 4th).  These points will then be added to the judges vote (which will be marked using the same points system).   The four bands which receive the most votes online will then be rewarded additional points (5 points for 1st, 3 points for 2nd, 2 points for 3rd and 1 point for 4th).

The four bands with the highest total score will go through to perform at the festival.

Should two or more bands receive the same total of points, the audience will revote.


•    All bands must reside in Warwickshire or the West Midlands
•    All bands must be unsigned or only signed to a small independent record label
•    All bands must have a minimum of 2 members
•    Bands must perform original material only on their demo, live and at the final
•    The decision by the organisers and judges is final

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Win a copy of ’13 Rounds’ by Vijay Kishore

13 Rounds by Vijay Kishore

We have been enjoying ‘13 Rounds‘ by Vijay Kishore for some time now and as a special treat to you lovely readers, we are giving away a copy of the awesome debut album.

All you have to do is go here to our Facebook page and comment on our wall, answering the question:

‘If you were a Blue Whale, what human would you eat and why?’

The funniest answer in our humble opinion will have a copy shifted to them via Her Majesty’s Royal Mail.

Closing Date is next Friday 22nd Jan.

Good Luck.

Below is an acoustic version of album opener ‘Voice Thief’ that Vijay came into Blue Whale to record for us.

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