This year's UK Blues Challenge will take place on Sunday 10th September 2017 at the iconic Cavern Club in Liverpool which is, this year, celebrating its 60th anniversary. We are very proud to be bringing the Blues back to The Cavern 60 years on!

There are a number of opportunities to be involved in sponsoring the UK Blues Challenge depending upon your budget. Options range from 'full event' sponsorship at £2,500 to being a 'contributing sponsor' at a smaller amount. The benefits for sponsors will, depending upon the level of sponsorship, offer the potential for advertising on UKBlues' website, social media, promotional material and even on the main stage at the iconic Cavern Club in Liverpool, plus after event advertising in reviews across the media.

The 'full event' sponsorship package offers:

  • Your banner/logo displayed on the UKBlues website - www.ukblues.org
  • Your name on all promotional material (physical & digital) prepared/produced by or on behalf of UKBlues
  • Your name on UKBlues' Facebook & Twitter page banner
  • Public announcement of your sponsorship in a UKBlues' Newsletter and your logo on all subsequent Newsletters up to the event and included in the announcement of the winner of the UK Blues Challenge.
  • Four complimentary Tickets to the 2017 UK Blues Challenge
  • Your name engraved on the winner's trophy
  • The opportunity to put forward a suitable person to be on the distinguished judging panel for the UK Blues Challenge
  • To the extent feasible, your banner will be displayed at the event and we will seek to make provision for a display stand/merchandising facility - this is very much subject to the venue and available space.

As a 'contributing sponsor' the benefits available are subject to agreement between you and UKBlues but may include some of those outlined above.

We would love to have you on board for this important event in the blues calendar!


UKBlues is a not for profit organisation and you can read more about our mission and our work on our website - www.ukblues.org

By sponsoring the UK Blues Challenge you will be covering or helping towards, costs such as Venue Hire, Publicity, Advertising, Merchandising, winner's trophy, contributions towards band expenses, judges' expenses, UKBlues board members expenses etc. Any profits from the event will be used to make a contribution towards the winners' costs in connection with attending and participating in the European & International Challenges and to continue UKBlues' work.


The UK Blues Challenge has, in just a few years, become a major event in the UK blues calendar and enjoys a stature that is growing exponentially.

2017 sees the 4th UK Blues Challenge being staged at Liverpool's iconic venue and it is the third that has been organised by UKBlues. The Challenges are staged in accordance with the guidelines and procedures laid down by the organisers of both the annual International and European Blues Challenges, organised by the Blues Foundation (USA) and the European Blues Union (EBU). UKBlues is the sole Affiliate of the Blues Foundation in the UK and is also an Active Member of the EBU. Our Treasurer, Dave Raven, is also an elected member of the EBU's Board.

This year five acts will be rising to the blues challenge in a quest to represent the UK at the 2018 European and International Blues Challenges. The bands are Elles Bailey; LaVendore Rogue, The Rainbreakers and Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion. The fifth and final act will be a young band chosen by representatives of the Jessica Foxley Unsigned initiative at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival at Colne in late August.

The winner of the 2016 UK Blues Challenge, the Kaz Hawkins Band, made history as the first UK representative to take part in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in early 2017, progressing to the semi-finals. The band made a huge impression upon many of the leading lights in the blues world who were in Memphis, shining a very powerful spotlight on blues in the UK.

In Horsens, Denmark the Kaz Hawkins Band went one better being declared the winners of the 2017 European Blues Challenge, beating off very stiff competition from 20 other European countries.

In 2018 the International Blues Challenge will take place in Memphis in January and the European Blues Challenge will be held in Hell, Norway in March.

In our capacities as an Affiliate of the Blues Foundation and an Active Member of the EBU, UKBlues is charged with running the selection process to find a band or act to represent the UK at the two Challenges and, in addition, we ran a successful crowd funding campaign to assist with the considerable costs for the Kaz Hawkins Band to participate in the Challenges.


If you would like to sponsor the UK Blues Challenge, simply want to discuss this exciting sponsorship opportunity or have further questions; please do not hesitate to contact:

Ashwyn Smyth, UKBlues Chairman  [email protected]   07840 669702

Liz Aiken, UKBlues Secretary  [email protected]

Alan White, UKBlues Membership Secretary  [email protected]  07881 628082

Don't forget the UKBlues Federation has an on-going remit to provide a focal point for the blues in the UK and to support, promote and encourage blues of all sorts within the UK, so why not join us and become a member.

Check out UKBlues membership benefits and join here.