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 worked hard to make sure that 2020 saw the return of the UKBlues Awards.
The results were to have been 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
For 2021, it has, again, been necessary to cancel the proposed ‘live’ event which was scheduled to have taken place on 9th May 2021 at The PowerHaus (formerly Dingwalls) Camden. Instead, we will, once again, be staging a virtual event compered by Paul Jones and featuring many prestigious guest presenters.
More details will follow in due course but make sure you keep the date free!
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.
The 2018 UKBlues Awards Ceremony at the Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier. Photo courtesy Sarah Reeve Photography