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  • 4 Dec 2019 1:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Would you like to be a volunteer at AmericanaFest UK? please log in to the members area and fill out this form HERE

  • 3 Dec 2019 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are thrilled to announce that we will have two music icons "In conversation" at our annual conference this year - We're sure you will join us in our excitement to have Judy Collin and Bob Harris discussing their life in music.

    A true pioneer and prolific artist, Judy Collins started her career as a 13 year old piano prodigy and her passion has not stopped in the five decades that have followed. Judy has produced no less than 55-albums some of which have earned her many accolades, including Grammy Awards, and she continues to inspire generation after generation. Navigating the ebb and flow of the music business, Judy shares her experiences and passions not only through music but in literature and films. She is a true collaborator and speaking with ''Whispering Bob" Harris OBE will share with us a life in music, one which we can all draw inspiration from.

    Delegate passes HERE

  • 4 Nov 2019 7:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Voting is now CLOSED for UK Americana Awards 2020.  Voting closed on Nov 25th 2019 at midnight.

    UK Instrumentalist of The Year

    • Ben Smith
    • Jim Maving
    • Siân Monaghan
    • Will Page

    UK Song of The Year

    • Little Piece of Heavenby Elles Bailey(written by Elles Bailey, Bobby Wood and Dan Auerbach
    • The Fireby Jamie Freeman (written by Jamie Freeman and Ben Glover) 
    • Hear Your Voiceby Danni Nicholls  (written by Danni Nicholls and Kyshona Armstrong) 
    • Amyby Roseanne Reid  (written by Roseanne Reid)

    UK Album of The Year

    • Here There’s No Sirens By Pete Gow  (produced by Joe Bennett )
    • Chasing Lights By Ida Mae  (produced by Ethan Johns)
    • Bleeding on the Soundtrack By William the Conqueror  (produced by Ethan Johns)
    • Walk Through Fire By Yola  (produced by Dan Auerbach)

    UK Artist of The Year

    • Jade Bird
    • Bear’s Den
    • Frank Turner
    • Yola

    International Song of The Year

    • Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) By Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real  (written by Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real)
    • Letter to MadelineBy Ian Noe (written by Ian Noe)
    • Saying GoodbyeBy J.S. Ondara  (written by J.S. Ondara)
    • Me and The Ghost of CharlemagneBy Amy Speace  (written by Amy Speace)

    International Album of The Year

    • Undress By Felice Brothers (produced by Jeremy Backofen) 
    • Highwomen By Highwomen (produced by Dave Cobb)
    • Songs Of Our Native Daughters  By Our Native Daughters (produced by Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell)
    • Mint Condition By Caroline Spence (produced by Dan Knobler)

    International Artist of The Year

    • Brandi Carlile 
    • The Dead South 
    • Larkin Poe
    • Mavis Staples

    Special Awards 

    Lifetime Achievement Award 

    Selected by the board members, our highest honour is awarded to a UK artist, duo or group in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the Americana genre over the span of their career and life in music.The 2020 recipient will be Joan Armatrading

    Trailblazer Award 

    Selected by the board members, this special award celebrates a UK artist, duo or group that has taken an exceptional path, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps in developing the Americana genre.The 2020 recipient will be Nick Lowe

    Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award 

    Selected by Bob Harris OBE, this special award celebrates the breakthrough artist, duo or group that has particularly impressed the legendary music broadcaster throughout the year.The 2020 recipient will be Ferris & Sylvester

    Best Selling Americana Album 

    AMA-UK works with The Official Charts Company to create the UK Americana Album Chart. This Award is given to the bestselling Americana Album by a UK Artist.The 2020 recipient will be announced in January. 

    Grass Roots Award 

    Selected by the board members, this special award celebrates the sometimes un-sung heroes of the UK Americana scene. It is presented to individuals working in the industry (in a capacity other than as artists) who have made outstanding efforts to support Americana music from the grass roots up.The 2020 recipient is Mark Whitfield from


  • 2 Nov 2019 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AmericanaFest UK Kick-off: Americana Clash!

    In the late 1970's The Clash met Texan rocker Joe Ely, and the result was an explosive marriage of punk and Americana! Celebrate this extraordinary story with a night of Clash songs played by some incredible guest artists including... 

    Tickets ON SALE NOW!

    Frank Turner
    The Wandering Hearts
    Grace Petrie
    Danny Wilson
    Judy Blank
    Irish Mythen
    Elles Bailey
    Peter Bruntnell
    Felix (Curse Of Lono)
    Terra Lightfoot
    Lady Nade
    Ferris & Sylvester

    Hosted by Ralph McLean

    Proceeds go to Joe Strummer Foundation and Hackney Winter Night Shelter

    VENUE Oslo, Hackney. DATE: Monday 27th Jan 2020

    Presented in association with our partners Austin City Limits Live and Visit Austin.

  • 28 Oct 2019 4:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Keynote Speaker 2020 AMA-UK Conference announced... 

    “Joan Armatrading is a very important, ground breaking, multi award winning artist and we are absolutely thrilled and honoured to announce her as the keynote speaker at our conference in January 2020” Stevie Freeman CEO AMA-UK

    Born in St Kitts on December 9th 1950 and moving to England when she was seven, Joan took her first musical steps on her mother's piano. Although her father had a guitar it was strictly out of bounds so when Joan saw one for £3 in a pawn shop she bought it.  Joan soon taught herself to play and began writing her own songs at the age of 14.  Three time grammy nominee and two time BRIT nominee Joan Armatrading has released 19 studio albums during the incredible career spanning over 46 years - The Americana Music Association UK could not be more proud to have her as the keynote speaker at our annual conference  for 2020

    Get your DELEGATE PASSES HERE members don't forget to log in to access member discounted passes 

  • 23 Oct 2019 7:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Places are strictly limited, please log-in to see event and RSVP  - FREE entry but only 50 member tickets available 

    Press and Industry please contact directly for guest-list 

  • 4 Oct 2019 1:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are so excited to be organising the 2020 annual UK Americana Awards - this year will be a special celebration as it is our fifth year, we have extra surprises to tell you about and secrets you will only find out on the night! as always it is shaping up to another great event. And we can't wait to tell you all about it on the 4th Nov when we announce the 2020 Nominees.

    Tickets NOW ON SALE - Link to buy tickets from DICE here > 

    Members will have to log in to get the discount code for the members discount price.  Remember if you have a delegate pass you already have an award ticket, after party wristband and a showcase wristband included (still the best value for the full 3 day event) 

    If you are booking hotels please note Troxy is not in Hackney Central (but we do have a really excellent kick off charity event happening on the 27th  at OSLO - details to follow)

  • 1 Oct 2019 7:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The UK Americana Awards will be held on the 30th Jan 2020 as part of AmericanaFest UK 2020.   

    There are 7 member nominated and voted for awards - Nominations are now open,  all members can now nominate up to 3 in each of the 7 categories

    The eligibility period is 1st oct 2018-30th Sept 2019. 

    • WHO TO NOMINATE: We're looking for ArtistsInstrumentalistsAlbums and Songs from the UK and International. We want to know what Americana music you have been listening to this year, and which artists you have seen touring new albums. Any song, EP or album that has been officially released between 1st oct 2018 - 30th Sept 2019 and is in the Americana genre can be nominated. (Artists you can even nominate yourself).

    In case you have forgotten which records were in the charts in that period here is a list to jog your memory of all records that charted in this period - please note this is just a guide and that not all records that are eligible entered the official UK Americana chart and some records were released last Friday the 27th are still eligible for nomination but will not chart until Friday 4th Oct.


    Thank you for being part of the UK Americana Community 

  • 16 Sep 2019 3:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wristbands available at ALT or DICE members log in for discount codes in the members area 

    AmericanaFest Showcase Festival 2020

    Super Early Bird Tickets Now available 

    for 2020 we have around 75 emerging bands and artists performing original Americana music at multiple venues across Hackney, London – live music doesn’t get any better than this! Find out more about this years venues.

    “If not for the AMA-UK showcase, we wouldn’t be heading to Nashville that’s for sure, but it also welcomed us with open arms and introduced us to a legion of kindred spirits we’re now sharing our adventure with. Real musicians and real music lovers sidestepping rivalry for the greater good.”
    – William The Conqueror

    Wristbands will get you into all of the venues plus some extra parties that get announced near the festival dates, all member types can get discount on the wristband prices, if you buy a full delegate pass you will have access to the conference,  all the showcases and the awards show.

    Wristbands available at or DICE or ALT members log in for discount codes in the members area 

    Venues: VENUE MAP 

    ADDED for 2020 Church Brewery Bar 

    Oslo, 1A Amhurst Rd, London E8 1LL

    Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, E9 6NU

    Paper Dress Vintage, 352a Mare St, London E8 1HR

    Empire Bar, 291 Mare St, London E8 1EJ

    Night Tales, 14 Bohemia Pl, London E8 1DU

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