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USGB Ukulele Band of the Year Contest 2020

(For details of the 2019 Contest, click here.)

Following it's great success in 2019, (see last year's results), the Ukulele Society of Great Britain is once again running it's competition to find the best local ukulele group in the U.K in 2020. Amateur ukulele bands are invited to submit a video of their best performance and the videos are then judged by a panel of judges who are prominent in the U.K. ukulele community. Entries are judged on musical choices, technical ability and presentation.

The winning band will be awarded the title of "USGB Ukulele Band of the Year, 2020" while the two runners-up will be awarded the title of "USGB Runner-Up Ukulele Band of the Year, 2020". 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. Winners and runners-up will each receive trophies.

Changes from last year:-
This year, a major difference from last year is that there will be separate categories for "Performance Bands" and "Local Groups".
  • "Performance Bands" are groups which have a fixed number of players and concentrate on their performance abilities. Non-members of the band are not encouraged to join them for practice sessions.
  • "Local Groups" are groups which, in general, are more relaxed and are happy to allow outsiders to come and play along with them at their practice sessions.
This difference is further defined in the rules.

The Judges for 2020:-

Andy Eastwood - Maestro of the Ukulele , Andy, is very well known for his amazing performances and workshops at festivals and concerts throughout the U.K. and abroad, and is also Vice President of the USGB.
Alex Bedrijczuk - Manager of the Southern Ukulele Store in Bournemouth and frequent contributor to U.K. ukulele magazines and YouTube.
Stan Acaster - Stan is Director of the very successful Upton Uke & Roots Festival (Upton Ukulele Festival).
Click here to see what the judges said in 2019.

Entries for 2020:-

Bands wishing to enter the contest need to register their interest by the end of July. They then have until the end of September to upload their entry videos. Judging will take place during October with the final results being declared at the beginning of November.

Bands entering the contest are urged to read the rules and the guidelines thoroughly before completing their entries.

Click here for Contest Entry Form

Last Year's Winners:-

  • Winners - The Kukes from Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex
  • Runner Up - Ullalele from Otley, West Yorkshire
  • Runner Up - Doncaster Ukulele Group from Doncaster, South Yorkshire
For more details of last year's contest, see the 2019 contest pages here.

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Our thanks to Fulton McIntosh for providing the artwork for the logos and winner/runner-up badges.