The nominations for Best Unsigned Band in the United Kingdom are in for the Unsigned Music Awards! And they are: Elia And The Low Tears, Fjords, Goldstar, Jay Scott And The Find, Joint Honours, Kalandra, King Eider, Missing Andy; SPC ECO and Will And The People.

Voting for these nominees begins at 10 a.m. GMT (5 a.m. U.S. Eastern) on

Last year’s UMAs received over 10,000 votes including one from the world’s most expensive footballer Gareth Bale,  who voted for eventual winners of Best Band Fjords from Wales.

Other categories include Best Female, Best Male and Best Song, the latter being won by Molly Smitten-Downes, who went on to represent the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Content.

Molly Smitten-Downes

Molly said: “The awards are great recognition for up and coming songwriters who maybe struggling to get noticed in one of the most competitive industries in the world. At the time, it was the pat on the back to keep going at a time when I needed it”

The awards are hosted by Best of British Unsigned (BoB Unsigned) and will crown an overall winner using an online vote.
BoB Unsigned is a global radio show established in 2011, it plays on more than 80FM stations in 15 countries including Jammer Direct’s JammerStream One every Monday and Wednesday at 10 and 10 U.S. Eastern (UTC-5). The show’s website is the UK’s top result for ‘Unsigned Music’.

Matt Graveling, BoB Co-founder said: “The UK produces the best musicians in the world and we get to play them before anyone else! The UMAs are the much needed recognition that these musicians need in order to realise just how good they are”.

The ten nominees in each category were voted on by listeners of the show, staff at the stations that play it and the team at BoB Unsigned.

This year’s awards are sponsored by Southampton based web design company Plug and Play. Max K-Thompson, Managing Director said: “We are proud to sponsor the UMAs. Best of British Unsigned has given thousands of unsigned musicians the recognition they deserve, who wouldn’t want to be part of this great achievement? Best of luck to all award entries!”

The vote for Best Unsigned Band 2014 takes place at between:
Best Band: Monday 8th September – Sunday 14th September
Best Female: Monday 15th September – Sunday 21st September
Best Male: Monday 22nd September – Sunday 28th September
Best Song: Monday 29th September – Sunday 5th October

The show, Best of British Unsigned, airs every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. US Eastern (UTC-5) on JammerStream One (