A prestigious new event in the music industry calendar, the first UK Americana Awards will be held on Wednesday February 3, 2016 at the iconic St. John at Hackney music venue in East London. The awards show will be hosted by legendary broadcaster Bob Harris, with musical direction by award winning producer and musician Ethan Johns. The Awards have been created by the Americana Music Association UK (AMA-UK) to celebrate the achievements of British and International musicians working under the broad reach of the Americana genre. Alongside Award presentations, the show will feature nominee and special guest performances in front of an audience of AMA-UK members, partners & sponsors, music industry guests and the general public. Americana music is enjoying a growing profile in the UK, evidenced by the success of artists like The Staves, Bears Den and many others, whilst rising stars including Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson and Alabama Shakes are contributing to its success in the US where the annual Americana Awards is a well-established event.