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WIN / Bespoke jewellery from not-for-profit the guitarwrist, made from guitar strings donated by Pendulum

By on Wednesday, 13th December 2017 at 11:00 am

Every Tuesday morning without fail, there is a parade of blue bins standing attention on my street, filled to the brim with plastic and glass bottles, waiting to be picked up by the recycling truck on his weekly run. I have been a staunch supporter for recycling for years, and I still fish out the soda cans and plastic salad containers I spy in the kitchen bin at work so they will be recycled. While the wherewithal to recycle food and drink containers is a common thing on our minds every time we’re in a public space, something you probably have never considered, even if you are a musician yourself, is how much waste is generated from the binning of old guitar strings alone.

I was gobsmacked reading the figure: it’s estimated 1.5 million pounds of discarded strings are destined for the many maxed out landfills of our earth. A solution, and a good one at that, has been brought to fruition by the guitarwrist, a not-for-profit jewellery collection that is taking the used guitar string donations of some of your favourite artists and turning them into collectible, beautiful pieces of art. Ninety-five percent of the donated strings are used in the creations by Emma Hedley Jewellery. Musicians and bands who have already stepped up to the plate to make string donations include artists we’ve featured quite a bit here on TGTF like KT Tunstall, Duran Duran, Pendulum, Enter Shikari, You Me at Six, Twin Atlantic and Slaves.

And as if finding a new use for these guitar strings from your favourite artists wasn’t enough, 90% of the profits from sales of the pieces in this bespoke jewellery line are going towards Save The Children, CRUK, Teenage Cancer Trust, Help Refugees UK, Shelter, Dogs Trust, Centrepoint and many other worthy charities. Not only are you buying a one-of-a-kind piece of history that’s actually wearable, the money you spend on it is going towards good. As we get closer to Christmas and I’m sure there are plenty of procrastinators out there who haven’t even started shopping for loved ones, the guitarwrist offers a way to purchase that special person in your life something unique that simply with your purchase is allowing both of you to pay it forward!

If you live in London, I’ve got even better news: a pop-up store at 2 Newburgh Street in Soho is now open for your browsing and purchasing delight. We here at TGTF encourage you to pick up a beautifully crafted piece of art from the shop and dig deep to support charity. Pieces range from £40 to £500, to fit almost every budget. Are you a photography geek or just like to collect photos of your favourite guitarists? Photographer Scarlet Page (yes, Jimmy’s daughter) is exhibiting photos from her acclaimed coffee table book Resonators at the pop-up shop, and signed copies of her book will be available there, too.

To help us celebrate the holiday season, founder of the guitarist Ian Rendall has kindly donated a bespoke piece from their collection for us to giveaway. The prize is made from guitar strings donated by Peredur ap Gwynedd and Gareth McGrillen of electronic rock and drum ‘n’ bass group Pendulum, an estimated value of £150. Further, Ian has kindly agreed to ship this lovely prize worldwide to the winner, opening up this contest to anyone in the world.

So how do you win this awesome prize? What I would like to know from you is what you plan to do with your prize and why you want to be involved with a piece of jewellery from the guitarwrist. I want to ensure the prize gets a good home. I’ll also need your email address in the form below to contact you if you win. I will sort through all the entries received by this Friday, the 15th of December at noon British time and select a winner. I’m hoping to get this prize out in good time so you’ll have in time for Christmas, either as a gift for yourself or for someone else. Also, this should go without saying, but please do not enter if you’re only entering to turn around and sell the prize, because that’s not what this contest is at all about. Let’s play fair and just a reminder, he sees you when you’re sleeping, you dig? GOOD LUCK!

This contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted soon.


WIN / Weekend and camping tickets to LeeFest 2017

By on Thursday, 6th July 2017 at 11:00 am

Camping festivals are pretty ubiquitous in England, and we’re not too far off now from one of our favourites. LeeFest 2017 (also known as the second installment of Leefest Presents the Neverland) is about a month off now on the summer event calendar, and the lineup this year is pretty smashing. The headliners reflect the strength of homegrown talent driven by social consciousness: Jake Bugg, Kate Tempest and Radio 1 personality Annie Mac will be gracing the main stage. You can read Steven’s past full feature on the event through here.

One better, the folks of LeeFest have given us a pair of weekend camping tickets (plus parking!) to enjoy the festival on them and us. Something for free? I’m sure you’re interested in entering our contest now, and we can’t have made it any easier. Just follow these steps:

1. Provide your full name and your email address. We’ll use these to contact you if you win.
2. We’ll need your postal address too, as the tickets are hard copy and we’ll need to post them to you if you are the lucky winner.
3. Then correctly answer this question: Of the choices we give you, which is a headliner at this year’s LeeFest?

We’ll go through all the correct entries and choose one winner at random. Please note: you must be a UK resident to enter, and all duplicate entries will be discarded. If you’d rather not chance it, you still have time to buy tickets through the LeeFest 2018 official Web site.


This contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted soon.


(Contest!) Video of the Moment #2364: Keston Cobblers’ Club

By on Thursday, 18th May 2017 at 6:00 pm

Editor’s note: to enter the contest, you need to read this whole post and watch the whole video to get and follow instructions. DO NOT ENTER HERE ON TGTF.

Folk pop band Keston Cobblers’ Club released their new LP ‘Almost Home’ at the end of March, and they’ve now unveiled an interactive video for the album’s latest single ‘Demons’, which comes hot on the heels of our recent album review. The new video has an old-fashioned Americana theme to match the folk quality of the music, but there’s a MAJOR twist at the end that you won’t want to miss.

The clever Cobblers have turned their ‘Demons’ video into a classic murder mystery, and they’re offering a huge incentive for their fans to play detective. The reward: £250 cash PLUS all albums and EPs signed by the band, sweatshirt and t-shirt and original film poster. We reckon the albums alone are worth an attempt! Check out our past coverage of Keston Cobblers’ Club through here.

Instructions for playing the game can be found at the end of the video, and fan theories as to “whodunnit” must be submitted by the 26th of May. The band will choose a winner on the 29th of May on Facebook Live; you can connect with their official Facebook by clicking here.

Is your interest piqued? Watch the video for ‘Demons’ below, then click on the “Start Now” button at the end to take your turn at solving the mystery. Good luck!



WIN / Tickets to see Mew in May in Manchester -OR- London

By on Monday, 24th April 2017 at 11:00 am

Danish indie favourites Mew have going for an incredible 2 decades. Twenty years! They have a brand new album out on Friday on PIAS, ‘Visuals’, which they’re previewing with the hauntingly beautiful track ‘Carry Me to Safety’, streaming just below this paragraph. If you’re a Mew die-hard – and probably too even if you’re a fair weather fan of theirs – you know they don’t tour all that often, and so the fact that they’ve got three shows in England next month to support the record is good news. Even better news? We’ve got a pair each to the Manchester and London stops on their gig calendar, and we want to give them to two lucky readers. How do you win them? Glad you asked…


You’ll need to fill out the contest form below completely. We need to know your name, email address and which show you want to win tickets for, Manchester or London. Then answer this question correctly: what is the name of Mew’s lead singer? To be eligible for this contest, you’ll also need to be following us @tgtf on Twitter, so please provide your own Twitter handle too. As we’re expecting a lot of entries to this contest, you can increase your chances of winning by reTweeting a Tweet that will be coming out on our Twitter tomorrow, Tuesday 25 April. It will have the hashtag #TGTFwinMew and reTweeting that Tweet will count as an additional entry.

Be sure to enter before the contest closes on Thursday, the 27th of April, at noon BST. These tickets will be at will call, so therefore are nontransferrable. I’ll select a winner at random for each show out of all the correct entries received. Good luck to all! If you’d rather buy tickets to one of the three shows Mew will be performing in England, the shows are all listed below.

Sunday 21st May 2017 – Bristol Trinity
Monday 22nd May 2017 – Manchester Ritz
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 – London Shepherds Bush Empire

This contest is now closed.


WIN / Tickets to see Twin Atlantic at London Electric Brixton, 23 May 2017

By on Tuesday, 18th April 2017 at 11:00 am

Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic will be bringing their swagger across the UK in the second half of May. They’re sure to be playing tracks from their 2016 album ‘GLA’, which Carrie reviewed here, as well as bringing old favourites. Hard to believe, but they released their debut album ‘Free’ back in 2011.

Following your various overdoses on ham, roasts and other things over the Easter bank holiday, we thought you might like to win something. So we’ve blagged a pair of tickets to see the band at London Electric Brixton on the 23rd of May, and we’d like to give them to a lucky TGTF reader. You can enter the context by completing the form below as follows:

1. Provide your full name and your email address. We’ll use these to contact you if you win.
2. Answer this correctly: What is the name of Twin Atlantic’s current album, released last year?
3. Enter your Twitter handle. You need to follow us at @tgtf to be eligible for this contest. If you’re not already following us, it’ll keep you up to date on all the great content here on TGTF and alert you to future contests as well. Good deal, eh?

From all the correct entries received, we’ll choose a lucky winner from random. We’ll be closing the contest this Friday, the 21st of April, at noontime BST, so be sure to get your entry in before then. Any duplicate or incomplete entries will be discarded. Good luck to all! In case you want to buy tickets to tickets to the tour, I’ve listed the tour dates right above the form. To read more of TGTF’s coverage on Twin Atlantic (yes, the archive goes way back!), go here.

Thursday 18th May 2017 – Aberdeen Beach Ballroom
Friday 19th May 2017 – Inverness Ironworks
Saturday 20th May 2017 – Coventry Copper Rooms
Monday 22nd May 2017 – Bristol Academy
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 – London Electric Brixton
Wednesday 24th May 2017 – Cambridge Junction
Friday 26th May 2017 – Exeter Lemon Grove
Tuesday 30th May 2017 – Wrexham William Aston Hall
Wednesday 31st May 2017 – Swansea Sin City

This contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted by email soon.


WIN / Weekend festival and camping tickets to Beat-Herder Festival 2017

By on Tuesday, 11th April 2017 at 11:00 am

It may be only April, but soon enough Beat-Herder 2017 will be upon us. For a third year running, TGTF have blagged a pair of weekend camping and parking tickets for a lucky TGTF reader and a guest to attend the event in July. It’s bound to be another 3 great days and nights in the Ribble Valley, and we’re so chuffed we can gift a pair of tickets to this fabulous event to a lucky winner. The value of this prize is an an incredible £303 before handling fees if you were to buy them today. Read on to learn more about Beat-Herder and how to enter our contest!

Beat-Herder Festival is an annual summer festival in the Ribble Valley, Sawley, Lancashire, and it’s always a good shout. In its 12th year in 2017, they’ve already released a star-studded bill that will only get better as we get closer to the event and the days get warmer. So far, Birmingham’s irrepressible Sleaford Mods (in a Northern England festival exclusive) and Danish electronic producer Trentmoller have been announced to performer on the main Beat-Herder stage on Saturday night, with reggae giants Toots and the Maytals to appear on Sunday night.

The Toil Trees stage, “the beating heart of the festival”, will host a great selection of famed acts in electronic and dance, including Jon Hopkins and and Skream doing DJ sets plus Mr Scruff. Other notable names scheduled to appear at Beat-Herder this year include American hip-hop pioneers The Sugarhill Gang plus Melle Mel and Scorpio, Lee “Scratch” Perry adding to the festival’s reggae theme of past years, Dub Pistols and Factory Floor. There’s loads more names listed on the lineup as of today to whet your musical appetite, check them all out through here.

How do you enter? I’m glad you asked. First, give us your full name and email address. We’ll need both to contact you if you win. Second, tell us which act on the line-up you’re most excited to see at Beat-Herder this summer, and why. (We’d like to be sure you’re keen enough on coming along.) I’ll read through all the entries and choose the best one. Third, please provide your Twitter handle, as you’ll need to be a follower of TGTF there to qualify for the contest. Easy peasy.

Be sure to get your entry in to us before noon BST Friday 14 April, when the contest closes. I will contact the winner by email shortly after. Be sure to check your email, as the winner will need to confirm his/her availability to attend. Good luck to everyone!

This contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted by email soon.


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