The UK Americana Music Association 2018

The UK Americana Music Association 2018

The Americana Music Association UK heads to Hackney for the third year to celebrate the Americana music genre with a two day conference, a multi-venue music festival and a gala international awards ceremony, held this year at Hackney Empire. Presented by legendary broadcaster Bob Harris, join us for a night of amazing performances by the nominated artists from the UK and USA, along with celebrity guest performances and presenters.

The AMA UK Conference 2018 - 31 Jan - 01 Feb at Hackney House

The 2018 AMA-UK Conference moves this year to Hackney House, London on 31st jan-1 st Feb 2018.

Full schedule now live

Join us for Two full days of lively panel discussions, inspiring songwriting workshop, industry presentations and a mixed bag full to bursting of some of the finest Americana music from around the world!

Key Note Speaker 2019: Billy Bragg

2018 AMA-UK Delegate Pass includes:

2 full days entry to the AMA-UK Conference at Hackney House
AmericanaFestUk 2018 Wristband for entry to all showcasing venues on 31st Jan 2018
Priority Entry to special event with The Orphan Brigade & Friends, film & live music on 30th Jan 2018 in Hackney
1 x ticket to The UK Americana Awards Show 2018 at Hackney Empire on 1st Feb 2018
Lunch provided during conference
Exclusive Delegate goody bag
Networking Drinks hosted by Southern Comfort
Networking Market Place on day 2

The first day of The AMA-UK Conference is packed full of panels, conversation, presentations and the chance to meet up with industry friends old and new who travel from all over the world to contribute to what really is fast becoming an amazing community of like minded Americana artists, managers, bookers, promoters, broadcasters, musicians, independent labels and fans.

Throughout the conference a whole host of industry professionals will be on hand to meet with on a 1-1 basis. Discover new music, great hospitality and a genuinely warm welcome at the AMA-UK Conference 2018 which we hope will offer every single delegate the opportunity to build on their success in the industry.

Held on the second day of the AMA-UK Conference 2017, the Songwriting Workshop provides a fantastic opportunity to delve in to what really makes Americana tick: the song! This years panelists are Mary Gauthier, Chris Difford, Beth Neilsen Chapman and Sam Baker

The conference offers the unique opportunity for delegates to workshop one of their songs with four of the top songwriters and experts in Americana. Day 2 draws to a close with legendary broadcaster Bob Harris In Conversation with Joe Henry!

All this ahead of the glittering UK Americana Awards Show which starts later in the evening just a short distance away in the iconic Hackney Empire.

Venue:  Hackney House   Curtain Road  London EC2A 3LT

Dates 31 Jan – 01 Feb 2018

Time 9am – 5pm



AMERICANAFESTUK 2018 Music Festival Showcases

Over 25 bands and artists performing original Americana music at multiple venues across Hackney, London – live music doesn’t get any better than this!
The 2018 AMA-UK AmericanaFestUK Showcases take place on Wednesday 31st January 2018.

Date: Wednesday 31st January 2018

Times: Gigs start at 18.00pm, end times are 11pm or 11.30pm (will vary depending on venue)

Venues Includes : The Empire Bar ,  M.O.T.H Club , OSLO

Paper Dress Vintage        

AGE LIMIT:  18 years +

Showcase Line Up & Schedule 

Please Note:Capacity at  each venue is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Wristband exchange: Wristband’s will be available to collect  from the Hackney Empire box office on 31st January from 10.00 am – 21.00pm

Wristband exchange: Wristband’s will be available to collect from the Hackney Empire box office on 31st January from 10.00 am – 21.00pm (early exchange for all delegates or showcase ticket holders at the Kick off event on the 30th Jan at  The Empire Bar From 6pm – 10pm

Wristband holders  also have free entry to special event on Tues 30th Jan 2018 in Hackney at The Empire Bar from 6.30pm  Join us for a very special AmericanaFestUK 2018 kick off event to featuring a screening of The Orphan Brigade’s Soundtrack To A Ghost Story. As well as the movie, we will be joined by The Orphan Brigade and special guests for live music performances.





The third UK Americana Awards show takes place on 1st February 2018 at the fabulous Hackney Empire in East London. The awards celebrate the achievements of British and International members of the Americana music community, and we are honoured that the show will once again be hosted by the legendary broadcaster Bob Harris OBE.

Performances on the night will be from a selection of our amazing nominees:


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 2018 recipient will be Robert Plant.

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 2018 recipient will be Mumford and Sons

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 2018 recipient will be The Wandering Hearts.

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 best selling Americana Album by a UK Artist. The 2018 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 2018 recipients are Come Down And Meet The Folks.

UK Album of the Year
Brilliant Light by Danny & The Champions of The World (produced by Chris Clarke)
I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins by Robert Vincent (produced by Robert Vincent, Michael Gay and Etienne Girard)
Proud Disturber Of The Peace by William The Conqueror (produced by Ruarri Joseph and Harry Harding)
Sweet Kind Of Blue by Emily Barker (produced by Matt Ross-Spang)

International Album of the Year
A Deeper Understanding by The War On Drugs (produced by Adam Granduciel)
Honest Life by Courtney Marie Andrews (produced by Courtney Marie Andrews)
So You Wanna Be An Outlaw by Steve Earle & The Dukes (produced by Richard Bennett)
The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (produced by Dave Cobb)

UK Song of the Year
Devon Brigade by Police Dog Hogan (written by James Studholme)
Endless Road by Worry Dolls (written by Zoe Nicol, Rosie Jones and Jeff Cohen)
Home by Yola Carter (written by Yola Carter)
Moonshine by Foy Vance (written by Foy Vance)

International Song of the Year
Pa’lante by Hurray For The Riff Raff (written by Alynda Segarra and Pedro Pietri)
Ready To Die by Aaron Lee Tasjan (written by Aaron Lee Tasjan)
Tenderheart by Sam Outlaw (written by Sam Outlaw)
Thirteen Silver Dollars by Colter Wall (written by Colter Wall)

UK Artist of the Year
Danni Nicholls
Danny & The Champions of The World
Emily Barker
Laura Marling

International Artist of the Year
Angaleena Presley
Courtney Marie Andrews
Imelda May
Rhiannon Giddens

UK Instrumentalist of the Year
Georgina Leach
Kit Hawes
Harry Harding
Thomas Collison


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