A further recognition this year for the Blues Heaven Festival and for Peter Astrup who, after receiving a Danish Music Award, was again rewarded by the French web-magazine Zicazic for an Award for the Best International Festival 2018. The ceremony took place during the festival and attended by Walter Trout and Paul E. Benjamin from the Blues Foundation and was an opportunity to promote the Blues and the European Blues Union.
Candidates to host EBC 2021 are invited to send an official confirmation of their interest to potentially host it in accordance with the EBC rules (see EBU website) to the EBU secretary.
According to the rules, we will distribute a copy of the standard EBC event contract to all applicants as from 1st October next.
The detailed offers need to be sent to the EBU secretary before 15 January 2019.
Following this date the secretary will communicate all received hosting offers to the EBU Board followed by selection of the two most qualified proposals at one of the following Board meetings.
The two final candidates will be submitted to the vote of EBU Active Members at the GA. Only one city can host the EBC event.
If there is only one approved submission the Board will be entitled to appoint the EBC host.
Thanks in advance!!
At this moment countries have already confirmed their participation at 2019 European Blues Challenge in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal and most of them are now running the band selection process. Here is the list of confirmed countries. Submission deadline 10 September!!:
16) United Kingdom
– The 37th Cahors Blues Festival in France hosted the “Mississippi Blues Trail Challenge”, where originally 70 bands applied and eight of them were invited to the semi-finals and, finally, four bands reached the grand final. The jury members represented various French and European Blues festivals which had agreed to book one of the four finalists to play their festivals. Our board members Ewa and Roser represented the Bluestracje Festival of Poland and Benicassim Blues Festival of Spain, respectively. It was a nice time in Cahors where they had de opportunity to promote the EBU
Also other EBU board members attended the legendary Cahors festival. Pertti presented his successful photo exhibition “Five Decades of Blues” covering almost 90 photographs, including dozens of photos of artists who had along the years played at Cahors. Our legal advisor Jorden Wouters was there, too. All of us did our best to promote the EBU.
– Great blues in a small, cosy place: The kick-off of the St. Izaire Blues Festival took place on 25th July in the nearby village of Salelles, Aveyron, France. The festival organizer was our EBU member, Ben Buijs. Jorden Wouters, spending his summer holiday close by, had the pleasure of attending the kick-off and promoting the EBU. Among others, Dutch artists Dave Warmerdam and Lothar Wijnvoord created magic moments. Magic is also the setting of the festival: a medieval castle… The headliner was Mambo Jambo, the EBC 2017 participant of Spain. It was once again showcased how the EBC enhances the visibility of European blues artists. Thank you, Ben. Lots of success to your future blues projects!
– Blues Peer has been a regular, important event in the festival calendar for three decades. It is held in the Belgian province of Limburg, not far from the border with the Netherlands and Germany. Since 1985, the festival has always remained true to its roots: the love of music, a relaxed atmosphere and the friendly hospitality of Limburg. So it’s not surprising that many renown Rhythm & Blues artists have graced the Peer festival grounds over the years. It should be highlighted that Blues Peer is one of our distinguished EBC Awarding Festivals. The Ragtime Rumours, EBC 2018 winners, played there with great success. Board member, our treasurer, Winne was there, too.
– Swing Wespelaar festival in Belgium celebrated its 31st edition in mid-August. The beautiful small town of Wespelaar greets a big blues event, always with an exciting roster of artists, a free event that attracts a good number of Belgian and European blues lovers. Like Blues Peer, Swing Wespelaar is one of our distinguished Awarding Festivals. The Ragtime Rumours played also there to a great success. Both Winne and Jorden witnessed them while also promoting the EBU!
The other EBC Awarding Festivals are Hondarribia (Spain), Lucerne and Sierre (both Switzerland), Notodden and Blues in Hell (both Norway), and BB Blues (Portugal)
The Santa Maria Blues Festival that every year is held in the beautiful Santa Maria island in the Azores, this year had the visit of the EBU President, Davide Grandi, that spent three fantastic evenings for its 15th edition.
From July 12th to July 14th the stage was shared by international artist such as Zac Harmon and Eric Gales but also by the EBC 2018 winners, the Ragtime Rumours, that were opening the first night with a terrific set. A detalied interview made by the EBU President at the Ragtime Rumours will appear soon on our website.
The Portugese organization was perfect, even facing a lot of issues due to the location so far in the Atlantic Ocean, but with the good spirit of friendship and collaboration everything was solved and the festival was a big Party! Thanks to Adalberto, Jose and Antonio and we are looking forward for the EBC 2019 in Ponta Delgada, San Miguel island of the Azores!
The result if the strict collaboration between the European Blues Union and the Vallemaggia Magic Blues Festival, is a special night on July 11th that will be devoted to European Blues Challenge bands, called the European Blues Night!
We hope that this example of supporting the European Blues will be followed by many others Blues Festival!. For info on organizing an European Blues Night please contact email@example.com.
Thanks also to the European Blues Union two European students had the opportunity to be invited at the Pinetop Perkins Foundation workshop and really had a great time there!
This fantastic experience, lived by Guy Smeets and Matt Henderson, has been possible thanls tp The Pinetop Perkins Foundation and the Dutch Blues Foundation. Another mission accomplished of our Blues For Youth program!!
The EBU president was invited by the UK Blues Federation at the UK Blues Awards 2018 ceremony that took place at the Worthing Pier last May 19th .
Kaz Hawkins, 2017 European Blues Challenge winner, received an Award for the category Blues Act of the Year – Northern Ireland
As one of the main projects of the EBU is the Blues For Youth program, our president, Davide Grandi, together with Ian Siegal that was awarded also as Male Blues Vocalist Of The Year and Acoustic Blues Act Of The year, had the honour to give the award as Young Blues Artist Of The Year to Toby Lee, one of the youngest blues guitar player of the world.