Lex Whittingham - Ward XVI

About Lex Whittingham

The gates of Whittingham Asylum have been struck open and for the first time in history the high security Ward XVI invites members of the public to meet face to face with the UK’s most violent serial killer. Journey into the mind of Psychoberrie as she gives an insight into her life prior to her incarceration. This sordid tale of deceit and manipulation is represented with a genre defying mix of hard-hitting metal riffs, off-beat ska rhythms, melancholic piano, accordion, catchy female vocals, a hint of electro, and to top it all off an engaging, energetic theatrical live show.

In the summer of 2013 in the city of Preston in the Northwest of England, a group of misfits got together for a new musical project with the aim of creating something completely unique. Each musician from a different musical background drawing in influences from the likes of Alice Cooper, Lordi, The skintz, Stolen Babies, Scar Symmetry, Diabolo Swing Orchestra, Iron Maiden, Alter Bridge, Jason Becker and Avatarium.

In 2017 Ward XVI progressed onto the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival after winning Metal 2 the Masses and then went on to win a further prize of a full PA system after impressing the Bloodstock team with their packed-out theatrical performance. Their momentum hasn’t slowed in 2018, which has seen them supporting Doyle (former guitarist of The Misfits) on a full UK tour before they brought their insanity to the Breaking Bands and Amplified Festivals. Later in the year they will head out on tour again with Red Rum across the UK before embarking on their own ‘Scare in the Community’ tour at Halloween. This demand has already resulted in their booking at HRH Metal and Hammerfest in 2019.

Plans are afoot to return to the studio to record the follow up to The Art of Manipulation ready for release in 2019.


When building my live setup for Ward XVI I tried a range of different amps from various brands, never really feeling like any of them were quite what I was looking for, until I went to test the ID 100 TVP at a local Blackstar dealer. I was instantly hooked, I played through almost our entire album right there in the store and ended up taking it home with me, it does everything I want from an amp and more.