Voting & judging

Deciding who will be in the final

From 7th-26th August 2021, visitors to this website will be able to vote online for their favourite songs.

We are aware that many people want to vote for their friends, and we think that’s fab. But to make things as fair as possible, we also have a panel of judges. Our judges are people who we know to be impartial, fair and knowledgeable about music – and we’re delighted that they have agreed to help out! The public vote will count for 50% of the scores, with votes from the judges deciding the other 50%.

Voting for the winning song

This year’s winner will be decided during the grand final. The audience will be able to vote after they’ve watched all the finalists perform. That vote will then be combined 50/50 with the judges’ votes to decide the most deserving winner.

This year’s judges

Uta Baldauf

Uta is an artist and poet who used to host a regular show on Stroud FM. She is the lead singer of Stroud-based band, Square Bomb, and also performs with the Cheltenham Improvisers Orchestra. In 2016, her art installation ‘Lost in Translation, Lost in Time’ was shown at the Brunel Good Shed and she has performed on stage on a number of occasions with fellow judge, Jonny Fluffypunk. Uta is currently in a new music performance collaboration with Sean Roe From Sound Records Called Wooolheads.

Chris Baxter

You may know Chris as the voice of “Late Night West” on four BBC radio stations: Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset. I once attempted a quiz where the music round was set by Chris. Usually my best round, my score was miserably low, due to his impressive knowledge of popular music across the decades. This, coupled with his long experience selecting the best tunes for radio, tell me that we’re lucky to have his help selecting our winner!

Sean Roe

Sean is well known in Stroud as the co-owner of Sound Records on the High Street, where everyone is made to feel welcome. Hailing from London via South Africa and Japan, Sean honours us with the benefit of his worldwide DJ and events experience. From holding gigs in-store with local bands to chatting with customers about the music they love and the music they are making, Sound Records a creative place for musicians and music lovers to make connections.

Jonny Fluffypunk

Jon Seagrave, AKA Jonny Fluffypunk, is a much-loved local and national stand up poet and writer, easily recognisable for his handlebar moustache and various knitted hats. He has had two volumes of poetry published – ‘The Sustainable Nihilist’s Handbook’ and ‘Poundland Rimbaud’ and he has performed to great acclaim at both the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe Festivals. He runs poetry and performance workshops, loiters in cafes, and is the creator and host of Stroud’s very own occasional eclectic art event, Mr. Fluffypunk’s Penny Gaff.

Alex Hobbis and Adam Hinks

These two are the local legends who bring Stroud its monthly digest of events, festivals and artists – Good on Paper. Long live the printed word! We’re delighted that Alex and Adam have offered their help as judges this year.

Anita Kamat

Anita is a local vocalist who performs with the splendid Stroud Red Band.  Her musical influences are wide ranging and her tastes eclectic.  She is thrilled to be judging this year’s contest. 

Lotte Lyster Connolly

Lotte is a huge fan of music and has enjoyed both bringing new artists to Stroud as well as helping nurture local talent. Having started as a barmaid at the infamous music pub the Pelican in the eighties she has run the Prince Albert for almost 25 years. With her husband Miles Connolly they hope to bring live music back to their popular pub soon. Until then she loves listening to new music as well as digging out their old vinyl. She delighted to be a judge in this years Stroud Song Competition.

Simon Vincent

As proprietor of Gloucestershire’s longest established independent record shop, Simon knows a thing or two about music. Trading Post on Kendrick Street stocks over 50,000 pieces of vinyl and CDs, both new and second hand. If you’re passing, make time to explore the shelves. And while you’re there, enjoy Simon’s musical recommendations and wry insights on life!