Mr Blue Sky

It’s Birmingham’s national anthem, you know:



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Letters to the editors, other people called Bristow edition.

The wonderfully named Heather Bristow writes:

I am interested to know where you go your name from??? And if you ever have a team that plays in the quiz at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath?? :)

Danny replies:

Hello Heather

The name is a filthy sex act, we used this for several reasons:

1. Me and co-editor Jon are fans of 80’s working class icons
2. Me and co-editor Jon are fans of filthy sex acts
3. To stop ourselves taking ourselves too seriously

as far as I know the magazine has never used the name at the H&H quiz, but Dirty Bristow is quite widely known term so could have been anyone.


P.S can we use your email (with the address taken out) as a blog post?

And apart from getting the bit about the quiz wrong (we did enter, and we came second), that was that.


Are you called ‘Bristow’, do you have a question for us?


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Welcome to the human race — ELO-ke Night 2nd April

ELO-ke Night

Tickets £4 (including a free copy of Dirty  Bristow issue one)

Premium Ticket—get first dibs on a song* £5 

* Buy the ticket (or tickets) and add a Note to seller: on PayPal for each premium ticket you buy. First come first served on each ELO song so calling first dibs doesn’t guarantee first sing if someone has called it before you. You can’t call Mr Blue Sky as we’re all singing that together last thing.

Join us a Brum’s premier mod hang out on the first Saturday in April.

When you’ve pressed ‘Buy Now’ tickets appear in your cart on the right. Bring the Paypal email with you, we’ll know who’s paid that way.

Please download and print off an ELO-ke Night poster for your home, pub or workplace.

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Dirty Bristow Issue One Sale — now just £2.50 inc p+p

In the run up to issue two (coming late March-ish) we’re dropping the price of issue one direct from us — from £4 posted in the UK to £2.50.

Issue One

Cover by Pete Ashton

Is 64 pages packed with essays, stories, opinion pieces and artwork on the theme of ‘Birth’, wrapped in a gorgeous cover. See more info.

Get a copy now for £ 4 2.50 inc UK p+p

See what artists can do with no ads and no rules.

  • Europe £ 5.50 4.50
  • Worldwide £ 6.50 5.50

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Introducing Dirty Bristow Radio

As a magazine, Dirty Bristow works backwards—content then layout, structure, size. It works as a way to give the most freedom to let creators create, the magazine acts as a framework, encouragement, as a gallery. And we thought, can that work for another medium?

And so, Dirty Bristow Radio is about to launch.

It won’t have a studio, it won’t be having adverts, or jingles, or trailers, or playlists. It won’t be 24/7, or even 1/7 necessarily. When it’s on it will be good, and when it isn’t good it won’t be on.

We’re now looking for radio creators, who can pretty much get on with the whole business of making the sounds for themselves. Dirty Bristow Radio will handle the streaming, host your podcast versions, and like the magazine help and encourage if needed. There’s no commitment to regularity or series, if you’ve got a show, we can find a time and it can happen.

If you’re not doing live, or not playing the best music in the universe, or not breaking the boundaries you’re no better than a Spotify Playlist. But if it’s great, you can be in. And it can be on.

We’ve a few ideas for people we want, and have a few ideas for shows ourselves. But we needs you. We’re not after anything you can hear anywhere else, bust the mould, break the format. Go live from places you shouldn’t, make art or comedy, make both. Together, with a white-hot dubstep soundtrack. Like the mag, once you’re in you’ve got full creative control.

We’re sorting out the tech, it’s time for you to shout up if you want to be part of it. Drop us an email at

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