Finnish Blues Challenge 2019

The Finnish national Blues Challenge, jointly organized by the Finnish Blues Society and the Puistoblues Festival, took place on Friday 28 June. The 16 Finnish EBU Active Members had first selected the four finalists out of 15 bands who had originally come forward to enter the competition. Five invited judges, all proficient experts in music, then made the final selection: The winning band, Lumberjacks, will represent Finland at the 10th anniversary European Blues Challenge, EBC-2020, in Zaanstad next April. The band’s main tour-de-forces are strong vocals and hefty Blues content of their music. The EBU Vice-president, Pertti Nurmi, and Finland’s national contact, Aimo Ollikainen, were in charge of counting the votes and taking care that the EBC rules were followed.

(Photo by EBU Active Member, Juha Seila)


Dutch Blues Challenge

The Dutch Blues Challenge 2017 was organized by the Dutch Blues Foundation, proud member of the European Blues Union since the beginning

Karen with the EBU board representative (Kjell, Winne and Jorden)


Winner category solo/duo Mr. Boogiewoogie  that will go to the IBC in Memphis


Winners Band category: The Ragtime Rumours

EBC 2017 in Horsens – Denmark

The town of Horsens and the local blues association, Blueskartellet, will host the most distinguished European blues event of 2017, the European Blues Challenge. This will make the 7th edition of the EBC since the first one organized by the EBU in 2011. The EBC, will be held at Forum Horsens. The Blues Market and the General Assembly will take place in a unique historical setting at Faengslet, a former prison. Moreover, you will be able to enjoy various music shows at Kubben in the middle of the main pedestrian street of Horsens. More information can be found at:,  and soon all relevant information that will be published in these pages. So keep an eye on the website!!!

French Blues Challenge

Held in Nantes during the jazz festival Les Rendez-vous de l’Erdre, the 3rd French Blues Challenge was the opportunity to decide who will represent France at IBC and EBC next year. Gaelle Buswel will be the French act playing as a quartet in Horsens next April. Congratulations to her and many thanks to the jury, including an EBU Board Member, who did a very professional work!