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UK Blues Challenge 2017

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Well, it’s almost time for the 4 artists to be selected for the 4th UK Blues Challenge, the winner of which will go on to represent the UK in the European and International Blues Challenges in Norway & Memphis in 2018.

This year though, there’s a slight twist. As usual, a panel of 250 representatives from across the UK Blues spectrum are invited to nominate 3 artists they think would be best suited for the task. From these nominations, the 4 artists/band with the most points will be invited to battle it out at the Blues Challenge on September 10th - this year at the iconic Cavern Club, Liverpool.

And here’s the twist, at the challenge will be a 5th artist who’s selection will be made outside the panel; a “ringer” if you like, to be announced shortly.

Speaking for The Cavern Club, Director of Music & Events Jon Keats said: “We are delighted to be hosting this year’s UKBlues Challenge here at the Cavern Club. Whilst people will always associate the venue with The Beatles and Merseybeat era, blues has also played a huge part in our history. Many blues giants have played here including the likes of Big Bill Broonzy, John Lee Hooker, Alexis Korner, Eric Clapton, Sonny Boy Williamson, Bo Diddley…This is our 60th Anniversary year and it’s great to welcome the blues back to the Cavern!”

Details & the bands to follow, when announced.

     

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Well, it’s been announced - following the recent success in Europe of Kaz Hawkins & her band,.the 4 UK bands/artists going on to duke it out at The Cavern Club to take the Blues Challenge into Europe are:-

Elles Bailey

LaVendore Rogue

Rainbreakers

Zoe Schwarz Blues Commotion

There is still one band to be announced; chosen by representatives of Jessica Foxley Unsigned at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival at Colne in late August.

Best of luck to them all - what a gig at The Cavern though…. (10th September).

     

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Robert J Hunter Band was chosen as the “wild-card” entrant; now just waiting for the final result from Sunday’s event.

     

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Well, it would have been a difficult choice for me as I love all of them, even ‘new to me’, Robert J Hunter impressed when I caught up with his you tubes.  LaVendore Rogue were the winners but as they all board a train tomorrow for Joel Fisks stag night I hope the bands still in one piece next week!

     
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Double congratulations to Joel and the ‘Rogues….. hope the Vimto was well chilled…....

     

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