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The USGB Ukulele Band of the Year Contest

In 2019, the Ukulele Society of Great Britain is launching a search to find the best local ukulele group in the U.K.

Local amateur ukulele bands are invited to submit a video of their best performance which will be judged by a panel of judges who are prominent in the U.K. ukulele community. The winning band will be awarded the title of "USGB Ukulele Band of the Year, 2019" while the runner-up will be awarded the title of "USGB Runner-Up Ukulele Band of the Year, 2019". The winner and the runner-up will also be entitled to use the USGB's winners logos on their web sites and other media and will be prominently featured on the USGB web site.

You can download an A4 PDF poster here

First Round Results

The shortlist comprising the 6 bands that the judges liked most in the first round of judging will be published here at 12 noon on Wednesday 23rd October.

These bands will then go on to the final round of judging with the final results being published here at the end of the first week of November.

Entering the Contest

Registration for entering the Contest closed at midnight on 31st July 2019. A full list of bands taking part can be found here


There will be three judges for the 2019 Contest, who are all eminent in the U.K. ukulele community. They are maestro of the ukulele Andy Eastwood, the fabulous Tricity Vogue, and owner of "World of Ukes" and "Uke" magazine Matt Warnes

Update (October 2019): Tricity Vogue has had to pull out of the judging for personal reasons. Many thanks to Mary Agnes Krell , well known as Producer and Director of The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival , who has agreed to step in in her place.

Entries will be judged on musical choices, technical ability and presentation. Guidelines can be found here.

Note that entries will NOT be judged on the quality of your video, although a very poor video may affect how well the judges may be able to judge your entry.