The UKBlues Federation created the UKBlues Awards towards the end of 2017 and the inaugural Awards in 2018 were widely well received. The Awards themselves were presented at a sold-out event on Worthing Pier in April 2018, MCd by Ian Siegal, an event which was declared a great success by all involved.
Ian Siegal MCing at the UKBlues Awards 2018, Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier. Photo courtesy Ashwyn Smyth
Unfortunately, the Awards planned for 2019 did not take place for a variety of reasons but the UKBlues Federation has been working hard to make sure that 2020 sees the return of the UKBlues Awards.
The UKBlues Federation is the ideal body to organise an annual awards given its work promoting and supporting blues in the UK and that it is the sole UK Affiliate of the Blues Foundation, an Active Member of the European Blues Union and organiser of the annual UKBlues Challenge.
In response to comments and suggestions made following the first Awards and in the recently conducted survey, we have made some changes for 2020 reflecting the Federation’s determination to improve the Awards.
The nomination process involving a panel of over 800 invitees took place between 6th & 20th January 2020 during which we received hundreds of nominations. Voting was open between 3rd and 17th February 2020.
The results were to be announced and the Awards presented at our Awards Celebration on Sunday 17th May 2020 at the iconic Dingwalls in London. However, following Government advice, the venue management took the decision to suspend all events at Dingwalls and so we had no option but to cancel.
Instead, an acclaimed and very well received ‘virtual’ Awards presentation event took place online on Sunday 17th May 2020 MCd by Paul Jones and with some fantastic guest Award presenters.
You can watch the whole event here
We are already planning next year’s live event which, barring the world as we know it ending, we are anticipating will take place in May 2021 in London.
The 2018 UKBlues Awards Ceremony at the Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier. Photo courtesy Sarah Reeve Photography