The UKBlues Awards Scheme


The UKBlues Federation have put in place the UKBlues Awards scheme to give the blues community in the UK the opportunity to recognise and applaud those involved with the blues in the UK.

Many people have expressed the opinion that the UKBlues Federation is the ideal body to undertake the organising, running and overseeing of an annual awards process.

Particularly so given that it is an Affiliate of the Blues Foundation and an Active Member of the European Blues Union as well as the organiser of the annual UKBlues Challenge.

Both the European Blues Union and The Blues Foundation are supporting these new Awards.

The UKBlues Awards are a natural next step for the UKBlues Federation and furthers its stated aim to support and promote the blues in the UK.

A new, dedicated website has been created and voting in the awards will take place over a four week period in February 2018 and there will be an awards presentation event in May 2018.

The initial nomination process will commence in mid -December 2017.

Full details here: 


The UKBlues Awards Presentation Event


The UKBlues Awards will be presented at an exclusive event organised by the UKBlues Federation at the magnificent Southern Pavilion of Worthing Pier on Saturday 19th May 2018.

Whilst the details of this event are currently being finalised, the UKBlues Federation can promise you a well organised, professionally run event featuring music from at least one top band and guests plus much more.

Beautifully restored to its original 1930s Art Deco splendour, the last few years has seen Worthing Pier’s Southern Pavilion become a ‘must play’ venue for both national and international blues artists and the UKBlues Federation is honoured that Worthing Council’s Southern Pavilion has agreed to host the Awards event at this unique and very special venue.


Ian Siegal to MC at UKBlues Awards Presentation Event


We are thrilled and very honoured to announce that Ian Siegal has agreed to take on the role of Master of Ceremonies at the UKBlues Awards Presentation Event.

Ian is considered by many to be the most compelling British blues artiste since the great names of the sixties.

Classic Rock tags Siegal “a national treasure,” America’s blues bible says “vast talent” and MOJO magazine ranks him “the cleverest writer and most magnetic blues performer in the UK.” In a career that spans more than 25 years he has taken his music to 45 countries and presided over a trophy haul that includes 14 Awards in various categories and two Mojo Blues Albums of The Year not to mention three US Blues Music Awards nominations - an unprecedented nod for a non-American.

And yet, for all the dizzying achievements in the rear-view mirror, the most important part of any Siegal chronology is always the next show, the next song and the next great record.

Talking about his involvement with the event Ian said: "I’m delighted to be asked to help the UKBlues Federation present the first edition of the UK Blues Awards. This is an important step towards making the awards an internationally recognised standard of excellence. I will see you in Worthing in May to celebrate the UK’s diverse blues talents.”     We are very pleased that Ian has agreed to come on board and his involvement can only help to make this event all the more special and one not to miss.


Catfish to play at the UKBlues Awards


We are delighted to announce that providing live music at the event will be British Blues Award winners Catfish who have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in 23 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for the blues.

Over a two year period they have received no less than 5 nominations in the British Blues Awards and both their albums have reached no 1 in the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association’s Blues Airplay Charts. They have three European tours already booked for 2018.

Recently Blues Matters! said of the band: 'Catfish are one of the finest live bands in Britain today.  The quality of musicianship is outstanding and in Matt Long, they have one of the greatest young guitarists on the scene today... ‘

We are delighted that we have secured the services of such an excellent band for the inaugural UKBlues Awards presentation event and know that their presence can only enhance what already promises to be a special event.


KPMG to Conduct Voting Process Audit


As you will see from the Eligibility criteria and Rules that have been drafted to apply to the UKBlues Awards – - the UKBlues Federation has gone to great lengths to make sure the voting process for the Awards is robust, open, secure and having integrity.

It has already been advised that the process will be overseen and audited by a completely independent external scrutineer and we are very pleased to announce that a partner in KPMG, a major international professional service company and one of the Big Four auditors, has agreed to take on this role.

The UKBlues Federation would like to thank the partner concerned, whose identity must, for obvious reasons, remain confidential, for agreeing to take on this role.


Sponsorship Update


Early December the UKBlues Federation launched a sponsorship campaign for the Awards and as at 9th December we are very pleased with the response with 7 of the 17 categories already having been snapped up by sponsors.

Details of all the categories in the Awards can be seen at and the UKBlues Federation is keen to hear from anybody who is interested in becoming involved with the sponsorship of an individual award or of the event itself, there are a number of options available. To find out more, simply drop us a line at and we will send you our sponsorship prospectus which gives you full details.


Closing Date to Apply to Join UKBlues Awards Nomination Panel Draws Near


The initial nomination process for the first UKBlues Awards starts in just over a week on 18th December 2017 and will run until 15th January 2018.

Whilst all members of the UKBlues Federation are automatically enrolled in the nomination panel, for non-members, it is not quite too late to seek to be included although the closing date is midnight 15th December 2017.

If anyone would like to be included in the extensive panel of people from across the blues spectrum in the UK involved in the initial nomination stage of the Awards process, they should e-mail us at  giving us their name, full postal address, telephone number and the e-mail address with which they wish to register plus a brief outline (no more than 50 words) describing why they wish to join the panel and your background in the blues in the UK.

You don’t have to be a musician, a promoter, a writer, a radio presenter etc. If you love your blues and get out to see bands play whenever you can and buy CDs or downloads of bands’ albums etc. then that means you could be on the panel!

The UKBlues Federation does not undertake to accept every application and their decision will be final and they will not disclose our reasons for accepting or not accepting applications. All applications will be treated as confidential and all members of the nomination panel are required to keep their involvement in the panel confidential.