The UKBlues Awards Scheme - Archived Pre 2018


This page is the archive for our work on the UKBlues Awards Scheme prior to December 2018 incorporating the 2018 awards (for the awards year 2017) and the work leading up to the 2019 awards process (for the year 2018). Please click here for the latest Awards Scheme information.

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 dedicated website has been created and voting in the awards will take place over a four week period in February 2019 and there will be an awards presentation event in April 2019.

Full details here: 


THE UKBLUES AWARDS 2019 : Latest as at 8th October 2018

We are delighted to announce that next year's UKBlues Awards will take place at the Preston Guild Hall, Preston on Saturday 27th April 2019 with MC Mike Vernon in charge!!

But keep the whole weekend free as there will be three days of blues gigs and other activities running from Friday 26th April 2019 through to Sunday 28th April 2019 including a UKBlues Fair on the Saturday afternoon featuring a great networking opportunity and the chance for members of the UKBlues Federation and others to promote their activities and meet potential contacts/clients/customers etc.

More details to follow soon.

To be kept up to date with developments, why not join our mailing list or, even better, join the UKBlues Federation?

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THE FORM UKBLUES AWARDS : Latest as at 29th April 2018

The Form UKBlues Awards are less than three weeks away.

Excited? We are! Some things you should know.

The event is completely sold out so please do not turn up 'on spec' hoping to get in because you won't. You can add your name to the waiting list on the Seetickets website ( ) in case there are any returns.

As you may remember, we mentioned the possibility of a plated meal in the ticket site information. The Southern Pavilion has a deserved reputation for the quality of its food and the range of dishes available. The management would have loved to have catered but couldn’t guarantee to be able to maintain their standard and serve 200+ meals in under 90 minutes. They will be doing snacks through the evening and we recommend looking at one of the many good restaurants in walking distance of the pier for an early supper.

Getting in to the venue. We have a list of all the ticket buyers but not of every individual. So if you have booked a table for 6 we will give you 6 wristbands and 6 goodybags and if some of your group aren’t with you they will have to phone you and you can pop outside to give them their wristbands.  Just turning up and saying “I’m with ***** ******” will not get you in!

All the tables for 6 are allocated and on each table will be a card with the table number and the name of the purchaser.  If you have booked multiple tables under the same name then we have located them all together as best we can.  If the table has no card then it is first come, first served.


The FORM UKBlues Awards are brought to you by the UK Blues Federation with the generous and greatly appreciated support of our headline sponsors FORM

TIER TWO SPONSORS Blues in Britain

VENUE SPONSOR Worthing Pier's Southern Pavilion Our thanks also go to the many category sponsors, full details of whom can be seen on the Sponsorship page of the Awards website –


The FORM UKBlues Awards – Finalists Announced : 23 January 2018

With  just a few days to go before voting in the FORM UKBlues Awards opens, you can browse the finalists in each of the categories by visiting the just released Finalists page of the FORM UKBlues Awards website – .

Here you will also find website links and, where relevant, links to videos for each of the finalists which will give you the opportunity to get to know anybody who is new to you and remind yourself of those with whom you are already familiar

Voting in the FORM UKBlues Awards opens on 1st February 2018 but before you will be able to vote you will be required to go through a simple registration process. This is in place as a security and management measure.

Registration will open on 1st February 2018 and will be via the Register page on the Awards website.

We invite you to put aside your phobia of reading rules etc. and urge you to visit the Rules page of the Awards website and note, in particular, those applicable to the voting process -


The FORM UKBlues Awards – A Progress Report: 22 January 2018

Very soon the nominees in the FORM UKBlues Awards will be announced and there will a hubbub ‘across the social media platforms about ‘why wasn’t my band chosen? ‘and ’who decides these names anyway?’

The UKBlues Federation created a panel of 361 musicians, reviewers, promoters, broadcasters, bloggers, festival organisers and UKBlues Federation members. We also invited anybody who wanted to be part of this panel to apply to be included and received more than 30 applications. In mid-December they were all contacted and asked to make their three choices in all the awards categories.

Of course, just as in a General Election, not all do and so we send two reminders to jog their memory.

We also asked the gig going public to vote for their favourite blues venue and this engendered a good response from 81 blues fans and this could be something we look at expanding in the future.

At midnight on 15th January the polls closed and we then had the task of going through the 288 responses, awarding 5 points to the first choice, 3 for the second and one for the third. There is also the task of cleaning up all the spelling and typing errors. To a computer Dave-space-Raven is totally different to Dave-space-space-Raven.  There was also lots of creative license in names like Jablonski, Bassford and even Siegal.

478 different artists were nominated, many with only one or two nominations. In every category there were clear leaders in the top 3 or 4 names. But obviously many really great musicians will not be featured as they were outside the top 5.

The data analytics have been inspected by an external non blues-loving Partner in KPMG and verified as correct.

As Winston Churchill said about democracy, ‘It’s not perfect but it’s the best we’ve got’

Registration and voting begins in February.

Dave Raven

UKBlues Federation Treasurer and Data Analyst


The FORM UKBlues Awards Presentation Event


The FORM 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.

Tickets now available from:


Ian Siegal to MC at FORM 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 FORM 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 FORM 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 FORM 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 FORM 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 FORM 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 [email protected] and we will send you our sponsorship prospectus which gives you full details.


NOMINATIONS - Blues Club/Venue of the Year Award

The nomination period for the inaugural FORM UKBlues Awards opened on 18th December 2017 and runs through to midnight on 15th January 2018.

Invitations have been sent to the members of our nomination panels.

The Blues Club/Venue of the Year Award is open to nominations from anybody – and this is your chance to nominate your favourite place that you visit to see and hear great blues for a FORM UKBlues Award.

Nominations for this award are being invited from blues lovers at large and must be accompanied by a summary, not exceeding 150 words, describing why you are nominating the club/venue, the contribution it makes to the blues in the UK, the people that run it, the exceptional ambience, etc.

Before submitting your nomination, please ensure that you read the following notes:

1. The submission must also be accompanied by the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the person making the submission.

2. All nominees must be within the UK

For fuller details and to make sure that your nominations meet the eligibility criteria of the FORM UKBlues Awards, please visit the Rules page of the Awards website - - where you can also check out the full rules etc.

You should submit your nomination to us at [email protected] and if you have any queries or difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact us at the same address.

Your nomination can only be submitted during the nomination period 18th December 2017 to midnight 15th January 2018. Any nominations submitted outside this period will not be considered.
You may only submit one nomination for this category. Any attempt to submit nominations more than once will lead to your nomination being disallowed and you being excluded from nominating for the FORM UKBlues Awards.

Find out more about the UKBlues Awards at