Alex Westaway

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Alex Westaway
Background information
Birth name Alexander Derek Westaway
Born (1983-02-02) 2 February 1983 (age 34)
Origin Northamptonshire, England
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • guitarist
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • synthesizers
Years active 2003–present
Associated acts

Alex Westaway is the lead vocalist of Gunship and co-vocalist and guitarist of the rock band Fightstar alongside Charlie Simpson, Omar Abidi and Dan Haigh.[1]

Early life[edit]

Westaway was born and raised in Northamptonshire and attended Rugby School where he met future bandmates and co founders of Horsie In The Hedge LLP Dan Haigh and Alex Gingell.


While he was at university Alex attended a party in 2003 with mutual friend Omar Abidi and the two met Charlie Simpson which led to the formation of Fightstar.

During the early years of Fightstar. Charlie was still an active member of the successful pop-rock band Busted whose sound differed greatly from Fightstar's. However when Charlie left Busted in January 2005. Fightstar had their first official UK tour and released their first EP They Liked You Better When You Were Dead in February 2005.

Fightstar have since released four albums; Grand Unification, One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours and Be Human. Fightstar announced a hiatus in 2010, but reformed in 2015 announcing a UK tour and the release of a new studio album, Behind The Devil's Back which was released on 16 October 2015 and was their highest charting record to date.


Alex co-founded the synthwave band GUNSHIP (band) alongside Dan Haigh and Alex Gingell. The debut album was released in July 2015 which gained critical acclaim.[2] Alex and Dan Haigh have scored a number of short films including for Grzegorz Jonkajtys short film The 3rd Letter along with Audrey Riley. The film has picked up several awards from various film festivals across the world.[3]


Westaway's most commonly used guitars are:


  • Peavey 5150
  • VHT Pitbull head


  • Boss TU-2
  • Boss TR-2
  • MXR Smart-Gate
  • Boss RV-5
  • Boss DD-7


  1. ^ "Who is Alex Westaway". 2 February 1983. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Gunship". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Horsie in the Hedge". Retrieved 17 August 2012.