FORM UKBlues Awards 2019 – Sponsors

Being part of the FORM UKBlues Awards and helping continue the premier Awards for the Blues in the UK

Without the generosity of these sponsors, the 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 FORM UKBlues Awards continues to be the premier Awards for the blues in the UK.



FORM UKBlues Awards Headline Sponsor

FORM is a commercial interiors business that operates throughout London and the South East.  Working with a wide range of organisations including building occupiers, universities, schools, landlords and investors,  FORM carry out a variety of projects from high-end workplace fit-outs to sympathetic change-of-use and refurbishments.

FORM work closely with design teams and consultants both on a traditional and design and build basis as well as providing furniture for offices, schools and other commercial environments.

In 2018 FORM are opening a new office in Sussex to bring their expertise and services to the South Coast.

FORM are already active supporters of live music holding open mic nights at their showroom in Clerkenwell and supporting industry events such as ConstructionRocks.com. Our clients are regularly invited to attend live music events at the O2 where we have use of a private box throughout the year.

Our belief is that music provides a great platform for building relationships through shared experiences and combining business and music is an excellent way to enjoy what we do as well as supporting those that bring their talents to the stage for all of our enjoyment.

Please do get in touch if you think we could work together.


t: 020 7251 9111

e: info@formfitout.co.uk


8a Herbal Hill, London EC1R 5EJ



2nd Tier Sponsorship of FORM UKBlues Awards Presentation Event :

Blues in Britain Magazine

Your Monthly Blues Magazine Covering The British Isles.

Each month we bring you all the blues news from around the UK, gig, festival and album reviews, plus interviews with artists who are appearing in the UK in the coming month. We also ask bands to introduce themselves to our readers, so that you are familiar with their work.

We have the only published comprehensive gig guide covering the next six weeks and a separate Festival listing. If you like to listen to your blues on the radio we have a listing of all the shows presented by members of the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association.

Subscribing is the cheapest option and gets the magazine delivered to your door every month of the year. We also offer an online reading version at a reduced rate.

All the details are on our website. www.bluesinbritain.org

You can also follow us on Twitter @BluesBritain

Find out about our activities on our Facebook page.  www.facebook.com/BluesInBritain/


2nd Tier Sponsorship of FORM UKBlues Awards Presentation Event :





Lancashire Blues Night Sponsors :

Lancashire Blues Archive

We support bands, artists and venues and provide gig information for in and around Lancashire and the NW, for those who enjoy blues based music. ‘Keeping Live Music Alive’ with news and reviews of the UK blues scene. The Lancashire Blues Archive is part of The British Blues Archive and affiliated to the UK Blues Federation. http://www.ukblues.org/






Digital Blues

Digital Blues is proud to be supporting the Lancashire Blues Night which presents two new and upcoming bands alongside a long established local headliner.

Digital Blues has been broadcasting since mid 2001 and can currently be heard on FM and online on Gateway 97.8 in Essex, UK and online around the world on Kansas City Online Radio, Hawaiian Pacific Radio, Global Community Radio from the USA, Ex-Pat Radio, France and JazzJuice Radio and Krystal Radio, both in the UK. It is also syndicated to three US college stations.

Every week there are 14 chances to catch Digital Blues and each show is also available on PodOmatic, i-tunes and Mixcloud. For full details of where, when and how you can listen, visit www.digitalblues.co.uk

Digital Blues has repeatedly been nominated in the Blues Broadcast categories of the British Blues Awards, Blues Matters! Writers’ Poll, European Blues Awards and the recently introduced FORM UKBlues Awards.

Digital Blues’ playlists are reported weekly to the Roots Music Report and published on the Digital Blues website.

Digital Blues is proud that it has frequently given artists their first radio airplay anywhere and strives to bring listeners an eclectic mix of blues and blues flavoured music from around the globe!


Individual Award Category Sponsors :

Female Blues Artist of the Year

Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival

The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival occurs in Colne, Lancashire, over the bank holiday weekend of 23rd – 25th August 2019. This is the event’s 30th anniversary, and the third year in which Colne Town Council have organised and managed the event.

The 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 best contemporary blues festival, but also a one-of-a-kind and much-loved festival for people from the local area.

An estimated 15,000 – 20,000 people attended both the 2017 & 2018 festivals; with the event receiving a HUGE amount of love (just some of the comments are mentioned here):

“Fabulous festival! Very diverse line-up. Friendly staff. Well done!” 5*****

“Great festival from both a performer’s and punter’s point of view” 5*****

“Unbelievably rich experience! Great music, great variety within the genre, great people and glorious sunshine”

“This wasn’t just a festival, it wasn’t just an incredible line-up of talent – it was a happening!”


Male Blues Artist of the Year

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





Emerging Artist of the Year





Blues Band of the Year

Blues Matters!

Blues Matters! Magazine is a British publication specialising in Blues music from all across the world. It was founded by Editor-in-Chief Alan Pearce who has been championing the Blues since 1998 with the first edition going to press in April 1999!

Impassioned writers and contributors have been sought, to create a neat A5 bi-monthly publication with 132 pages of dynamic, uplifting and well-presented content for the magazine.

Available in Print, Digital and App formats. Our complete digitally archived collection stretches back to the first issue in 1999; an invaluable research tool for any Blues enthusiasts, you can explore the history of the Blues with our dynamic and extensive range of Blues News, Reviews, Interviews and more.

Blues Matters! is a double inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame, has received 3 recognitions in the USA for continued dedication to the Blues, and received an award for Keeping The Blues Alive from The Blues Foundation. European Blues Award winners for Best Publication in 2017 & 2018.

Our aim is to bring together the music, musicians, creators, industry people and most importantly the fans who support and sustain the Blues with all that they do.



Acoustic Blues Act of the Year





Young Blues Artist of the Year

New Crawdaddy Blues Club

2019 will see the New Crawdaddy Blues Club in Essex start its 20th season, now happily settled in a new location at the Holiday Inn in Basildon, Essex.

The Club is one of the foremost blues venues in the UK welcoming greatly varied blues acts from around the region, around the UK, around the world.

The Club has always been recognised as a musicians’ venue with many visiting acts hailing the welcome they receive and the professionalism of the ‘Crawdaddy Crew’, a hard working and dedicated team of volunteers which includes a number of lifelong and talented musicians who frequently support the headline acts.

The Club also has a fiercely loyal band of regulars and is renowned as a venue with a listening, highly appreciative audience, which makes it a must play venue for so many acts.

Paul Dean, the promoter and booker at the New Crawdaddy Blues Club is a man with a mission to give opportunities to young blues musicians by playing at the Club and being heard by a wider audience and, with the Club celebrating its 20th year in ‘business’, sponsoring the Young Blues Artist of the Year Award seemed a great way to celebrate!



Blues Album of the Year

The Colourblind Blues Show

The Colourblind Blues Show is a weekly Blues Radio Show broadcast (Sundays 7-9pm) on Radio Gwendolen 1287AM (Leicester General Hospital’s Radio Station) and on line at www.radiogwendolen.co.uk. Many previous shows are available to ‘listen again’ at https://www.mixcloud.com/haffster/

The show is presented by Mark ‘Haff’ Haughan, a colour blind design teacher, hence the show’s name and the fact he generally wears black t-shirts!

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 often joined in the studio by blues artists to talk all things blues and record live performances.

Being active in the Leicester live music scene, 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 Songwriter of the Year





Blues Club/Venue of the Year





The Under the Radar Award





Blues ‘Unsung Hero’ Award





Lifetime Contribution to the Blues in the UK





Innovation in the Blues in the UK





Blues Based Festival of the Year

Created and maintained by UKBlues board member, Alan White, www.earlyblues.com is now in its 19th 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 myriad of blues related material!

alan.white@ukblues.org or alan@earlyblues.com


UK Blues Based Broadcaster of the Year

Dave Raven

The Raven ‘n’ Blues show was the first ‘listen again’ UK Blues radio programme in 1998 and the first UK Blues podcast in 2004. The lovechild of lifelong broadcaster, Dave Raven, it is one of the most listened to blues podcasts and is renowned and respected for bringing to the airwaves superb live performances as well as a wide-ranging and eclectic selection of blues, new and not so new.

Dave’s radio career began back in 1968 when he did occasional work on the first BBC local radio station in Durham in the North East of England. This was followed by a year with BBC Radio 1 on ‘Radio 1 Club’ then to BBC Radio Newcastle when it opened in 1971.  Two years later he transferred to Metro Radio when it started in 1973 and then in 1976 he moved to Malta where he discovered BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) – and they discovered him……

For the next 19 years Dave travelled the world from Malta to Germany in 1978 and then like a radio gypsy from Germany to Brunei, Gibraltar, London, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Belize, Gibraltar again, Belize again, Cyprus again, Hong Kong and then in 1995 back to London. In May 1997, he left BFBS after working in every one of their overseas stations.

Dave has had many blues shows over the years and the current Raven’n’Blues has been on air across the world since 1997.

Dave won the British Blues Awards Independent Broadcaster of the year in 2013 and was runner up on two other occasions.

You can discover the many ways in which you can listen to Raven & Blues at www.ravenblues.co.uk


Regional: Blues Act of the Year – England





Regional: Blues Act of the Year – Northern Ireland

Red Pepper Promotions

Red Pepper Promotions is a Belfast based husband and wife team of Fenton & Audrey Parsons who are both passionate supporters of live music in Ireland and the blues genre in particular.

Red Pepper Promotions are involved in event promotions and artist management. Fenton himself is a drummer with local Belfast bands Blues Direct and The Pikestone Preachers and promotes the Blues in Northern Ireland at any opportunity.

“There is a wealth of Blues talent in Northern Ireland which by and large is overlooked in the UK/European mainstream. Kaz Hawkins’ recent successes and a BBC Radio 2 Blues Show live session for newcomer Dom Martin have helped to highlight the genre and build Blues Awareness in Northern Ireland”.

We are delighted once again to be able to sponsor the Northern Ireland Blues Act of the Year Award at the UK Blues Awards.



Regional: Blues Act of the Year – Scotland





Regional: Blues Act of the Year – Wales