Competition | Just A Girl!



Oh shit London. It doesn’t get much better than this. Being official supporters of Ladyfest Ten, and super-keen advocates of young ladies picking up an instrument and making some noise, we are launching a battle of the bands competition, for which the grand prize is a live slot at Ladyfest Ten in November!

The winner of Just A Girl will be playing alongside some incredible names (if I told you, I’d have to kill you) and will not only receive radio airplay, but will also feature as part of a Ladyfest Ten documentary. Becoming giddy with excitement? Well hold your horses, it gets even better. All entrants will be judged by both the girls are readers AND a panel of expert judges, comprising yours truly (Founder & Editor,, RUTH BARNES (The Other Woman radio), CAMILLA PIA (Live Editor, The Fly), CHARLOTTE RICHARDSON ANDREWS (Wears The Trousers) and none other than VIV ALBERTINE (Musician, Artist, The Slits).

So, what do you have to do to enter this ASTOUNDING competition? Climb Everest? Kill a puppy? Pledge your entire future life-savings? Thankfully it’s a lot easier than that. Simply read through the following points:



– Bands must, for the purposes of this competition, be all-female.
– Artists must be aged 18 +.
– Artists must be unsigned.
– Artists must pay a £10 non-refundable entry fee (which will be donated to Ladyfest Ten), and submit an Mp3, JPEG and band bio to by 15 Sept 2010.


– Download the rules and regulations & timeline PDF (right click here) and make sure you accept all the conditions.
– Pay your £10 registration fee via Paypal (
– Email with:
– Your Paypal transaction details
– Your Mp3
– Your artist bio
– Your band Jpeg


– You will receive a confirmation email with an entry no, which you will need to note.
– The panel of judges will deliberate on entries before releasing a short-list.
– You will be notified about whether or not you have made the shortlist on 21 Sept.


Good luck, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Annette Barlow


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  • Z says:

    Pay to play? hmm…

  • Delia says:

    Sadly although I can enter this being the right sex (yay for positive discrimination!) sadly I am suffering from the effects of ageism as I’m not under 25…

    • Thanks for your comments Delia…
      Being a blog that supports female musicians and with the prize being a slot at Ladyfest Ten, it is not really so surprising that this competition is looking to support female artists. As for the ageism point: whilst I acknowledge that some people will be disappointed about the age restrictions, it is worth noting these were not put in place because we feel anyone operating outside those ages is not worth considering, but rather we are looking to provide a platform for young women who may not have the confidence, experience or contacts to promote themselves. Having had a fair few conversations with artists about this subject, it was the general consensus that whilst enthusiasm and energy reigns during the specified years, a lack of confidence can often prevent progress. It was this that informed the decision to put age restrictions in place. That said, I would not be averse to removing the restrictions, should enough people express interest in us doing so…

  • Gaptooth says:

    Why no solo artists?

  • Delia says:

    Hi there,
    Sorry to pick on a negative when you are trying to be positive! I saw the competition post and without reading the fine print forwarded to my band (five-piece female band most in their 40s and most who’ve never been in a band before) cos I knew they’d love to play a Ladyfest. One of them pointed out the age restriction and I thought it was a shame thusly my message. Your points taken.
    Oh well…thanks for taking the time to explain.

    • Hey Delia…
      That IS a shame! Like I said, if enough people express the same sentiment we will remove the age cap and make it 18+. I think we thought it would be a great space for younger, less confident women to flourish, which we hope it will be, but we certainly don’t want to discourage fledgling bands who might fall beyond this age bracket. So in other words, watch this space!

    • Hey! We’ve lifted the restriction: I hope your friends are still interested in entering! x

  • Steph says:

    Wow this sounds great. I may post an ad looking for ‘grrrl punx that wanna stix it together’ Poly Styrene style and form a band just to enter x.x.x.

  • Steph says:

    Wow this sounds great. Look forward to seeing the great band that wins x.x.x.

  • I can’t believe I am lucky enough to actually be a JUDGE.

    Can’t wait to hear all the entries!


  • Hey there The Girls Are,

    I can’t believe I am lucky enough to actually be a JUDGE.

    Can’t wait to hear all the entries!


  • Exciting news people! Due to popular demand, the competition is now open to solo artists! We have extended the deadline by one week to give people time to apply. Get your entries in by 15 Sept for your chance to win a slot at Ladyfest Ten!

  • Ray says:

    Anyone want to put something together for this?