Covid-19: EBC 2020 Postponed

The EBU Board received this last official communication  and we share with you all.

The European Blues Challenge 2020 and the Covid-19 virus: update March 17

We regret to announce, as endorsed by the EBU as well as the DBF, the postponement of the European Blues Challenge 2020, due to the uncertainty regarding the status of the measures to be taken in the battle against Covid-19. It is unwise to persevere in continuing the Challenge. Also several countries have informed the EBU that they will abstain from participating, either as precautionary measure or because of the restrictions imposed by their respective governments.

We emphasize that the Challenge is only postponed, not cancelled. We hope that the developments in the Covid-19-situation will make it possible to convey to all an alternate date before the summer holidays. Tickets bought will remain valid and the value transferred to the new date. We will keep you informed.

We deeply regret being forced to take this step, but the Covid-19-pandemic confronts us with an extraordinary situation with far reaching consequences.

With the blues in mind and full regards

The board of the Blues in Zaanstad Foundation

EBC 2020 Band Compilation

Our New EBC 2020 Compilation is online!

Here you can download all band songs:

Here all bands Press info:

Here all bands Press Photo:

And thanks to the Dutch Blues Fundation we have also a Spotify compilation:

10th European Blues Challenge

The 10th anniversary edition of the European Blues Challenge is approaching! Next April we will be in The Netherlands, more precisely in Zaandam. Thanks to the collaboration with the Dutch Blues Foundation  and Blues in Zaanstad,  Blues bands and fans from all over Europe will be under the sea level!

The main EBC 2020 event will be in the Zaantheater on Friday and Saturday, 17 and 18 April. Even on the preceding Thursday Zaandam will hopefully be the place to attend live blues shows in a number of bars and other venues.

Prepare to enjoy European Blues at the 10th anniversary EBC 2020!

Nearest airport is Amsterdam. More information here:

And here you can find useful info:

EBU and Blues Foundation in Lucerne

A great meeting took place during the Lucerne Blues Festival last November, some EBU board Members, Davide Grandi, Pertti Nurmi, Roser Infiesta and Jostein Forsberg, met Barbara Newman, BF president, and Michael Freeman, new Chairman from the Boaard Of Directors, to discuss some aspects of the mutula collaboration started some years ago to develop an interchange of blues musicians between USA and Europe. Our work keep on going and together we will be stronger!

The 10th European Blues Challenge

We are proud to announce that the 10th European Blues Challenge will be held in The Netherlands, and more precisely in Zaandam next April. Organized by Blues in Zaanstad and Dutch Blues Foundation, the EBC 2020 will take place on 17th and 18th of April, at the Zaantheater.

Reserve your tickets here:

So prepare to join the European Blues!


Nearest airport is Amsterdam. More information here: