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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

Entering the Contest

Entry to the contest is open to all amateur ukulele bands based in the U.K. All you need to do is:-

  • read the Guidelines and the Rules.
  • register your intention to participate (by the end of July, 2019)
  • choose a song
  • learn to play it as well as you can
  • make a video and upload it to YouTube
  • send the YouTube link to the USGB (by the end of September, 2019)

The time scales indicated should give you plenty of time to decide what you are going to play and to hone and fine-tune your entry.

To register your intention to participate, please send an email to with the following information:-

  • The name and email address of the person making the application.
  • The name of the band.
  • A link to a web page (or Facebook page) representing the band.
  • The town in which the band is based.


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

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.