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Digital Subscriptions > Country Music > Apr/May 2019 > SPECIAL REPORT AmericanaFest UK 2019

SPECIAL REPORT AmericanaFest UK 2019

If you want to judge the current health of the Americana and country music scene in Britain, there’s probably no better place than AmericanaFest UK to take its temperature, as Helen M Jerome discovered
Discussing diversity in Americana. From left to right: Keith Harris, Kaia Kater, Allison Russell, Sam Beer, John Shortell

Started back in July 2012, when a hardcore of 50 people gathered on one day, the Americana Fest UK grew massively once it moved to London in 2016, evolving into a day-and-a-half’s conference, plus a dozen showcase acts on two stages. Since then, it’s expanded in size, scope, membership and vision every year. Five hundred people attended the awards show in 2017, and since then this final glittering evening has moved to the legendary Hackney Empire, with 1,200 attending a night that attracts performers from Robert Plant and Mumford & Sons to Graham Nash, all hosted by the estimable Bob Harris.

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