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A big thank you to all who helped eaglefest with the Battle of the youth bands

Eaglefest would like to thank all of the people who helped us organise, run and judge the fylde coast Battle of the Youth bands 2013.

A massive congratulations to THE PEOPLE for winning this year. All of the bands were brilliant and the level of talent is outstanding. All five bands put on a hell of a show!!


A big thank you to the Judges:

Heat 1 

Chris Chew  – Black Pearl and Kudos

Sebastien Orain – The Deadbangers

Si Staples – Slander


Heat 2

Si Staples – Slander

Jakey Jakester – Smoking Monkey – Monkey wood

David O’Brien – Swearfinger


Heat 3

Si Staples – Slander

Russell Smith  – Rupert Fabulous

Drea Knight –


The Final

Dan Atkinson – Hard Rock Studios

Lynn Vaughan – the Tache Rock Venue Resident DJ

Steve Sharples & Dave Blundell – Globe Gig Radio

Si Staples – Slander

Jaime April – April Moon Band & Magic Trees

A huge thank you to Rock Hard Studios for offering the great prize of recording time to cut a cd single for the winning band. Also thanks to Globe Gig Radio for offering air time for the heat winners and air play for the winners single, as well as interviewing the bands.

Thank you to Daz Rice for allowing the Winning act to perform at Yutofest in July. Also to Seb for giving the slot at rock the dead donkey.

Thanks to Jamie and Jason (April Moon) for performing a short set.

We are also grateful to our outstanding photographer Claire Griffiths of CJ Griffiths Photography.

And we can not forget our brilliant sound engineer Simon Fox, who has put in so much time and effort throughout the heats and the final.

A final thank you has to go to Blackpool Sixth and Jenny Waterworth for providing such a great venue.
Good luck to Jenny for running the london marathon and raising money for Clic Sargent. I will post a link to the donations page as soon as I get one so you can help support her and the people (Children) who so need the help Clic Sargent provide.

Hope you all had a good time. We did and we hope to see you next year.

Keep looking on the site as over the next few days/weeks there will be the score sheets posted on the site from the heats and the finals and also the final photographs as soon as Claire has managed to get them to us 🙂


Thank you to Ashok for stepping in at the very last minute and filming the final.

Hear the Battle of the Bands Final competitors LIVE on Globegig Radio

If you either loved the heats of Battle of the Bands 2013 or you shamefully missed them and want to see what all of the fuss is about, then you should tune into Globegig Radio on Saturday 13th April from 6pm.

Globegig Radio are one of the events sponsors and are providing air time for all of the bands who made it through to the final, as well as air play for the CD the winning band will record in the Rock Hard Music Studios studio.

This coming Saturday all of the bands who are in the final will be asked questions, and get their chance to play acoustically live on the radio.


globe gig radio

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All of the bands are excited about being on the radio so please listen or watch online and support them. If you want to you could even connect to globegig on facebook and show your support for the bands (possibly even make a cheeky request for one of the bands songs to be played 😉 )


After meeting with Dave Blundell (who will host the special one off show on Saturday) and Steve Sharples (One of our industry Judges for the final) from Globegig radio both Ian and myself (Dave) are excited and looking forward to the show, and giving the bands, who made it through to the final a chance to be interviewed and play live on air.

We hope you can join us on air this Saturday and help support the extremely talented young musicians we have for our final.

battle of the bands heat 2 and 3 review

Well all of the heats are over and heat 2 and 3 were just as amazing as heat 1. It is astounding how much amazing young musical talent there is in Blackpool and the Fylde.


Well done to the Solid states for winning heat 2 and congratulations also to The people who will also be going through to the final for being the highest scoring runner up from heat 1 and 2.

Congratulations to all in heat 3, everyone of you deserves to be in the final but rules are rules and so well done to Belvedere and to The keys (previously known as EWF) for winning and going through to the final.

I am now really feeling for the judges of the final as there is an amazing amount of talent going to be playing for them on 18th April in the final.


Thanks to the judges: Si Staples, Drea Knight, Russell, Jakey, and Dave O;Brien who all had a very hard job making any decision tonight. Also many thanks again to Jenny and Blackpool Sixth, Simon fox (sound techie) all of the helpers from Blackpool sixth and lastly to all of the audience members.


We hope you can all join us at the Final on 18th April. If you dont make it you will probably be missing the music event of the year!

Battle of the bands – Heat 1 review..

Well the 2013 Battle of the youth bands is now under way and heat 1 has just finished.  Tonight we had four bands on who were all extremely good I would not like to have been one of the judges! LynchSeed kicked the night off, followed Jekyll, then The Big Red and finishing the night off were Broken Strings.


The judges had a really hard decision and the scores were all pretty close (so watch out on the Eaglefest website and Facebook pages for the runner up with the highest score (from all 3 heats) who also goes through to the final). Congratulations to the winner from heat 1 was Jekyll.


Please go visit all of the bands Facebook pages as they were all amazing.


A big thank you to:

  • the judges for the heat: Chris Chew, Sebastian Orain  and Simon Staples.
  • the sound engineer Simon Fox.
  • The lighting engineer Ashley Wilkinson (bass player from Lynchseed)
  • Claire Griffiths (CJGriffiths Photography)
  • Jenny Waterworth and Blackpool Sixth for providing a fantastic venue.
  • and finally to all of the audience members who attended and supported the bands!


Please feel free to come out on Thursday night and support more great young bands in heat 2 and heat 3.

Countdown to Battle of the Youth Bands begins.

Over the last few weeks there have been a number of important developments and decisions made for the Battle of the Youth Bands competition 2013. We have managed to secure a number of excellent local Musicians, Studio Managers and DJ’s who have all volunteered their time and expertise to be judges.

Confirmed as judges are: Chris Chew (Black Pearl and Kudos), Sebastien Orain (The Deadbeats), Si Staples (Slander), Jakey Jakester (Smoking Monkey and Monkey Wood), David O’Brien (Swearfinger), Dan Atkinson (Hard Rock Studios), Lynn Vaughan (The Tache Rock Venue Resident DJ), Steve Sharples & Dave Blundell (Globe Gig Radio) and Jaime April (April Moon Band and Magic Trees).

Also confirmed is an excellent sound engineer Simon Fox.

Excellent prizes have been secured for the Heat winners and the Final winning band/artist, which have been kindly donated.

Globe Gig Radio have donated a prize for the Heat winners. The winning artist/band from each heat will be invited into the Globe Gig Studios and interviewed on air as well as the chance to play a small set.

The Final winning artist/band will win 8 hours of studio time which has been donated by Rock Hard Studios. This time is to record a cd single. The 8 hours includes, 6 hours of studio recording time and 2 hours of mixing (any additional time can be purchased from the studios if required).

Jenny Waterworth from Blackpool Sixth has also confirmed with Eaglefest the use of the excellent theatre for all three of the heats and grand final. In addition Jenny has also said there are some great student volunteers ready to help organise the events.

All we need now is the one thing we cannot guarantee, which is all of you to attend the events and support the fantastic youth bands we have lined up.

So make sure you get these dates in your diaries:

Heat 1 – Tuesday 26th March (6 – 8pm)

Heat 2 – Thursday 28th March (6 – 8 pm)

Heat 3 (Acoustic Heats) – Friday 29th March (6 – 8pm)

Final – Thursday 18th April (7 – 9pm)


Watch this space for Eaglefest 2013 News – Coming Soon!

We hope you are all now just recovering from Eaglefest 2012 and that you are all looking forwards to a Eaglefest 2013. Watch this space for news over the next few weeks and months about Eaglefest 2013.


In the mean time why not come on out and support the youth bands we have lined up at the Youth Battle of the Bands int he heats on 25th, 28th & 29th of March or in the final on April 18th. the venue for the Battle of the Bands is the Theatre at Blackpool Sixth Form College on Blackpool Old Road.

battle of the bands heats poster

battle of the bands heats poster