Because of the exceptional Covid-19 circumstances, the EBU will extend the present membership with one year. The current 2020 memberships will continue until the end of 2021. Consequently, members who join(ed) in 2020 will enjoy a membership until the end of next year. Why do not consider to become now a member and extend your new membership to the end of 2021? In this way you will take advantage of it and help us to continue promoting the blues during these real difficult times. Read more at: https://www.europeanbluesunion.com/membership-rules/
As everyone knows unfortunately we had to cancel, together with BiZ and DBF, EBC 2020 in Zaandam.
Anyway the gadgets prepared for the event are available at this webpage:
Don’t miss the opportunity to grab your collector’s item (the only “ghost” EBC with his t-shirt and cap)!!
As stated on the website:
“The original non-event-by-Covid-19-T-shirt and -cap. Makes you never forget an event that never was.”
Europe and USA are closer than ever!
Due to the lockdown the Fernando Jones Blues Camp in Chicago will take place “virtually” online and students could enjoy it from all over the world. On July young musicians will be able to enjoy this fantastic xperience via Zoom.
A great opportunity for European Young Musicians, and it will be completely free!
Young students that would like to be part of this experience should send their applications and Mr. Fernando Jones will select with an audition the final accepted participants.
Age: from 12 to 18 years old
Deadline for applications: June 1st
Blues Camp Online: From July 5th to July 10th
Dear Blues Lovers
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the EBU has been working closely with the local EBC organziers, BIZ and DBF, to find a solution for the EBC 2020. Unfortunately it is with regret that the event has to be cancelled.
Here is the official communicate by BIZ and DBF:
European Blues Challenge 2020 cancelled
“Were we not all looking forward to that exiting battle between the 25 top blues-acts of Europe which would have taken place in Zaandam April 17 and 18? Volunteers had slept extra and eaten healthy to be fit and do their utmost in offering a spectacular program. Even a cruiseship was berthed next to the venue to make the distance between overnight stay and performance as small as possible. Children would have been schooled in playing the blues and the centre of Zaandam was vibrating with blues-notes. The 10th edition of the European Blues Challenge, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the Dutch Blues Foundation (DBF), was going to be a succes.
All that remains now is that bluesy feeling, unworn T-shirts and a useless scenario.
After careful deliberation the DBF and the Blues in Zaanstad Foundation (BiZ) have come to the conclusion that hosting the 10th edition of the European Blues Challenge in 2020 (EBC2020) has become an unrealistic dream. As such what was first declared postponed is now a cancelled event.
DBF and BiZ will propose to the European Blues Union (EBU) to host the event in the years to come. We trust that she will honor this request, but we do not know the outcome as yet.
Information will be conveyed as soon as decisions are taken and location and dates are confirmed.
We are saddend by the severe consequences of the pandemic and hope that we can all pull through with our health intact.
Be and stay safe
Tickets sold will be payed back. Please give us some time to make that possible”.
The whole EBU community warmly thank BIZ and DBF for the amazing work they have done and their continuous commitment to make EBC 2020 happen. More news will follow soon.
Dear all, even if the EBC 2020 has been postponed for now, we would like to share some music with you, and in particular the music of all the bands that were supposed to play in Zaantheater on April 17 and 18. So enjoy these videos and remain connected with us via our webpage, facebook and istagram!
From ireland . Crazycrow
From UK – The Achievers
From the Netherlands – Dave Warmerdam Band
From Luxembourg – Ramblin’ South
From Finland – Lumberjacks
From France – Jesse Lee & The Alchemists
From Portugal – The Ramblers
From Greece – Lazytrains
From Estonia – Kaisa Ling Thing
From Poland – Sosnowski
From Sweden – Ore Island Penitentiary Band
From Bulgaria – Blues Trafic
From Romania – Othello Trio
From Germany – The Bluesanovas
From Czech Republic – WBand
From Switzerland – Justina Lee Brown
From Croatia – Jeremiah’s
From Denmark – Long Line Down
From Hungary – Ripoff Raskolnikov Band
From Belgium – Steven Troch Band
From Italy – Betta Blues Society
From Spain – Mingo, Sanpa & Barez Bros.
From Austria – Marius Dobra Blues Band
From Norway – Reloaded Norway
From Slovakia- Her Memories
In the middle of the Atlantic Oean, we had a wonderful time in The Azores for the Challenge 2019!!
All the Bands
Cold Challenge in Hell, even if it seems strange is what happened in 2018 in Norway!
All the Bands
The beautiful Denmark was hosting the 2017 edition of the EBC!
Good Food and Good Wine in the landscape of Tuscany for this 2016 edition!
All the bands
A Fantastic Edition to celebrate our first small goal, 5 Challenges in a row!
All the Bands