The end of April saw UKB attend the National UK Blog Awards in London, where the best UK-based bloggers gathered to celebrate their achievements over the past year, and importantly, see who came away with the title of ‘blogger of the year’ for each of the categories.

I made the trip down to London to represent Urban Kultur at the ceremony and, hopefully, bring home the award!

The Arts & Culture category that UKB was nominated under was pretty diverse which no doubt made it hard for the 3 judges to pick out a winner.

With apparently only a point separating a number of the winners and those in the runner-up spots (or ‘highly commended’), for the sake of our nerves, it was probably just as well the Arts & Culture category was the first to be announced.Relief then, as UKB was picked as one of 2 runners-up, and awarded the accolade of being ‘highly commended’ in the UK Blog Awards 2014.

It was a great honour to be recognised at the awards, especially since it had been judged by established Arts & Culture editors and writers from the likes of Ents24, as well as the UK Blog Awards organisers.


Since starting off as a pretty low key blog in 2011 during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it has been great to see it expand. I really hope it will continue to grow in the future too, as I still have a lot of new ideas!

This small success, though, is in no small part down to the readers of UKB who voted the blog through in the initial stages. A big THANK YOU to everyone who read the blog, liked or shared any of the posts, retweeted any of the tweets, or just voted for UKB. It really is much appreciated.


Thanks is also due to all of the DJs and producers who have spent time recording some top quality mixes for the podcast series. Thanks also to the artists and producers who have been kind enough to spend time chatting about their work and answering my endless list of questions with ridiculous levels of patience. It’s their work that has helped me to keep the blog as fresh and diverse as I possibly can.

Finally, thanks to DJ Mellowdram for helping hook up some of the finest mixes for UKB in the podcast series (and for recording some himself!), and to guest blogger & photographer James O’Hara for more recently covering some of Scotland’s best music and provide some great images to support.

Thanks once again and keep on reading!


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