Finally the 9th European Blues Challenge is approaching! And nex April we will be in The Azores, more precisely in Ponta Delgada, San Miguel. Thanks to the joint organization between Associação dos Escravos da Cadeinha and Trovas Soltas, next April the Blues from Europe will move in the middle of the Ocean!
Associação Escravos da Cadeínha was founded in 2002 to promote and encourage sporting and cultural initiatives. It also promotes the main Blues festival in Portugal, Santa Maria Blues, that during the years presented artists such as like Chris Jagger, Diunna Greenleaf, Albie Donnelly’s Super Charge, Ana Popovic, Popa Chubby, Mr. Sipp, Eric Gales.
The festival is produced by Trovas Soltas established in January 2007 at Porto, a company that organizes several other festivals, such as Gaia Blues, Seia Jazz & Blues, Évora Jazz & Blues, Lisbon Blues Fest, Festival Vilar de Mouros 2014 as well as several summer concerts.
The main EBC event will be held on April 5 and 6, 2019 at Coliseum Micaelense.
So prepare to swim into the European Blues!
Look what is waiting for you in Ponta Delgada!!
Nearest airport is Ponta Delgada. More information here: https://www.santamariablues.com/ebc2019/
And here you can find useful info:
- EBU arrangements
- General Assembly
- Blues Market
- Blues Expo
- Special Event – Opening Night
- EBC Program
- Full Event Schedule
- EBC 2019 Bands
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!