Without the generosity of these sponsors, the 2020 FORM UKBlues Awards would not be taking place and so we express our great gratitude to all those who have agreed to offer sponsorship, whether it be of the Awards event or of individual Awards. Their support serves to ensure that the 2020 FORM UKBlues Awards continues to be the premier Awards for the blues in the UK.
FORM UKBlues Awards Headline Sponsor
Following the great success of the 2018 UK Blues Awards, FORM Fit Out have once again agreed to provide headline sponsorship for the 2020 UK Blues Awards to be held in London on 17th May 2020.
Chairman, Steve Potter, said that the success of the 2018 awards had made the decision to once again support this exciting event an easy one.
“When the UKBlues Federation approached us in 2018 to provide sponsorship for their event on Worthing Pier, we were unsure how this would benefit us as a business. However, the event proved to be exceptionally well organised, tickets selling out within a few weeks of going on sale and provided us with great exposure as a business across a wide variety of media platforms. Since 2018, our turnover has doubled and the business continues to grow successfully. Sponsorship of successful events like the UKBlues Awards, provides great exposure for our business and has resulted in enquires and business opportunities coming in from many and varied sources.
We are very proud to be supporting the 2020 awards in London, being the centre for most of our business opportunities. With Paul Jones from Manfred Mann, The Blues Band and BBC Radio 2 presenting the awards, this looks likely to be even more successful than the previous event and we look forward to seeing how the event develops over the coming months.”
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Individual Award Category Sponsors :
Blues Artist of the Year – sponsored by Blues In The South
Blues In The South (BITS) was first published in 1987 under the editorship of the Southampton blues musician Bob Pearce.
In Bob’s hands BITS became a key resource to assist venues and musicians in the Southampton area of England to promote their gigs and to find out what was going on in the area. For 16 years Bob, without any payment whatsoever, and occasionally without any sponsorship, produced without fail, a monthly edition of what was then a flyer.
In January 2004, publication of BITS was taken over by Ian McKenzie, a long-time blues enthusiast, Big Bill Broonzy fanatic and occasional blues musician. The immediate plan for BITS “under new management” was to extend the area of its remit all along the south coast of England and later to ‘go on line’.
Since January 2004, BITS has covered the area from Exmouth to Eastbourne and a bit more besides! It is now a multi-page ezine delivered monthly as an easily accessed pdf file. However, the principal aim of BITS remains the same. To promote and bring to public prominence, blues music of all kinds. Since its inception, Blues in the South has reported on blues, gospel, soul, cajun music, zydeco and rock n’ roll and it will continue to do so! The ezine includes gigs, record and concert reviews, news and gossip about the blues and blues-related material.
Blues Instrumentalist of the Year – sponsored by Digital Blues
The first Digital Blues radio show was broadcast on 19th April 2001 and there have been weekly editions of the show in one form or another ever since. For more than six years, there were two weekly editions of Digital Blues providing three hours of entertainment each week. That represented more than 1200 hours of broadcasting in just that six year period!
Since April 2001 there have been well in excess of 1200 editions of Digital Blues in one form or another and the current format which is now aired 15 times a week on 9 stations around the world, will celebrate its 500th edition in the week commencing 10th February 2020, bringing listeners a truly eclectic mix of tracks frequently pushing the genre’s boundaries.
And, of course, each week’s episode of Digital Blues is also available on demand on PodOmatic, i-tunes and Mixcloud.
Find out more at www.digitalblues.co.uk
Emerging Artist of the Year – sponsored by the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival
The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival takes place in numerous town centre venues (from 750 to 50 capacity), Colne & Nelson Rugby Club (which also doubles-up as the festival campsite), plus many more restaurants and bars.
This beautiful town is an ideal location for an event of this kind, with one long ‘main’ street (closed to traffic) which hosts on-street entertainment, busking, incredible food stalls, bars and more.
Each music venue is within easy reach of the main street, making this event not only Europe’s ultimate contemporary blues festival, but also a one-of-a-kind and much-loved festival for people of the local area.
An estimated 15,000 – 25,000 people attended each of the 2017, 2018 & 2019’s festivals; with the event receiving a HUGE amount of love.
Blues Band of the Year – Sponsored by The Meeting Room, Elland
Come on down and join in on The Meeting Room live music experience. Nothing beats seeing bands live on stage – the atmosphere, the sounds, the vibe – it’s always a real extravaganza!
The Meeting Room is what you’d call an intimate music venue. You’ll enjoy being up close and personal with some of today’s up and coming blues rock bands, covering the whole spectrum of the blues, from deep down and soulful through to gigs that are really rocking.
We’ve plenty of parking and a bar selling all your favourite tipples as well as a couple of guest beers supplied by local microbreweries. Seating is available if you prefer not to stand.
There’s a powerful professional quality sound system at the venue managed by sound professionals
If you enjoy live music, then it’s time to enjoy a gig at The Meeting Room.
For details of upcoming gigs and to book tickets visit http://www.themeetingroomelland.co.uk/gigs/
Acoustic Blues Act of the Year – sponsored by Blues at the Bay
Blues At The Bay- the North East’s Most Intimate Blues Venue.
Held in a traditional old pub dating back to 1825, Blues At The Bay brings together a selection of local, national and international talent every Friday night.
A very intimate room, holding no more than about 50 people, gives a very special experience to our regular audience- an attentive audience who come to listen to the music they love.
A warm, friendly atmosphere that draws the most out of every performance. If you play here- you will want to come back.
Add to that a range of award-winning real ales and friendly locals and you have the perfect mix-
Music, Booze and Good Company- what more could you ask for ?
Jules Fothergil Young Blues Artist of the Year – sponsored by the Bluefunk Rhythm & Blues Club, Poynton
A testimonial from a ‘Bluefunkster’
“Garry White and the superb bands that he persuades to entertain us, such as Kyla Brox, Sean Webster and, most recently, Mike Farris, clearly all love the care and professionalism of Garry’s organisation, promotion, the audience response and overwhelming feelgood factor that results.
At 74, I have been lucky enough to have been able to see the world stars of jazz and blues since the 1960’s, including many nights at small but famous venues like the Marquee Club, Ronnie Scott’s, the Bluenote, Buddy Guy’s, to large venues like the Lincoln Centre, and last year the 3 day, 6 stage Chicago Blues Festival.
None have given me greater pleasure than Bluefunk, Poynton.” – Roland Hill
Blues Based Festival of the Year – sponsored by EarlyBlues.com
Created and maintained by UKBlues emeritus board member, Alan White, www.earlyblues.com is now in its 20th year – probably the internet’s longest running and largest continuously updated blues website – dedicated to broadening awareness and understanding of the blues and encouraging and supporting current blues music.
The website comprises a vast and diverse range of blues material including: the ‘UK and European Blues Festival Guide’, blues festival photographs and reviews, tours and gigs, artist and band interviews, history of the blues in essays, articles, poetry, art and in-depth research projects, blues clubs, forums, lectures and courses, recommended blues books, magazines, radio stations, blues travelogues, blues news, and blues resting places.
A cornucopia of blues related material!
Dave Raven UK Blues Based Broadcaster of the Year – Sponsored by Blues Matters!
Blues Matters! is now 21 years young, available in print (International distribution), digital and as an App around the world. Hailed as the leading International Blues publication. The recipient of the Blues Foundation recognition in Print Media category, inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame as publication as well as it’s Founder/Publisher for his work. Also three times in succession winner of EBA European Blues Publication of The Year category.
This glorious magazine is in full colour over its’ 132 pages packed with informative interviews, features and reviews of CDs, DVDs, gigs and festivals. It also introduces a section on new acts.
Easy to subscribe online at www.bluesmatters.com or by phone: 00-44-(0)1778-393082 where our Subs managers will assist you wherever you are. You can also now pay by Direct Debit.
The neat A5 size allows easy bookcase filing for reference and punches way beyond the size in content and passion for its subject matter………..all because, as our sub title (Our Name Says It All!) says – Blues Matters!
Blues Album of the Year – sponsored by The Colourblind Blues Show
The show is presented by Mark ‘Haff’ Haughan, a colour blind design teacher, hence the show’s name (and his bizarre range of neck ties!)
Haff plays a diverse range of music, covering the whole blues genre.
Along with playing great music, Haff aims to inform and educate listeners by providing background stories and additional information on the tracks being played.
Haff is keen to promote local artists, both more and less well known and local blues festivals. Oh, and he has an impressive collection of guitars. You can never have too many, right?
Blues Club/Venue of the Year – sponsored by Upton Blues Festival
Upton Blues Festival, a multi award winning event, is set in the lovely Worcestershire riverside town of Upton upon Severn. Over the weekend it fills with thousands of visitors who come for the great atmosphere and live music at 3 stages and 13 pub venues with 160+ free to enter gigs over the weekend. Great camping and car parking facilities are a walk away.
As a registered charity (No. 1148230) the Festival promotes Blues, Live Music and supports a number of good causes in the local community with funding. It relies very much on the support of festival visitors to be able to sustain its commitments. Come and have a great time! www.uptonbluesfestival.com
Blues ‘Unsung Hero’ Award – sponsored by UKBlues
UKBlues (The UKBlues Federation) is very pleased to be sponsoring the Unsung Hero Award in the 2020 FORM UKBlues awards as it offers an opportunity to salute and to celebrate those individuals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to support and promote blues whether it be by managing a band (bands), running a venue or a festival, driving bands about the place, providing promotion to venues, events and festivals through websites or on social media, publishing blogs, other online media or physical media and so on. The list is almost endless and could even include the members of the UKBlues board!!
Without these people whose work is rarely recognised, rarely marked, rarely celebrated and who generally give generously of their own time and own resources seeking no reward other than the satisfaction of having helped, having supported this wonderful genre we call the Blues, the blues in the UK would be very much the poorer.
UKBlues is proud to support and promote blues throughout the UK and to be the organisers of the UKBlues Awards, the UKBlues Challenge and the UKBlues Fuse initiative.
Find out more including how you can support our work by joining us at www.ukblues.org