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:

Press release 

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.