Reviews of the 35th International Blues Challenge, January 22 - 26, 2019, Memphis, TN, USA
Blues in Britain article by Michael & Barbara Ford
Reviews of the Kyla Brox Fund Raiser, 28th December 2018, The Bluefunk Club, Poynton
Blues in Britain arcticle by Alan White
Bluesnews (Netherlands) magazine article
Reviews of the 5th UK Blues Challenge 2018 at Worthing Pier's Southern Pavilion on 10th September 2018.
All Five Bands Rose To The Challenge - by BluesDoodles
Bluesnews (Netherlands) and Blues Matters! magazine articles
Interviews of all Five Challengers (prior to the event) by BluesDoodles:
Reviews of the inaugral FORM UKBlues Awards 2018 at Worthing Pier's Southern Pavilion on 21st May 2018
Inaugural FORMUKBlues Awards 2018 Celebrating Blues Review - by BluesDoodles
Bluesnews (Netherlands) magazine articles
Reviews of the 4th UK Blues Challenge 2017 at The Cavern, Liverpool on 10th September 2017.
UK Blues Challenge 2017 Review - by Graham Whittington (ION Indie Magazine, Vol. 41 Nov/Dec 2017, page 59)
UK Blues Challenge 2017 Review - by Rosy Greer, Lancashire Blues Archive
UK Blues Challenge 2017 Review - by BluesDoodles
Bluesnews (Netherlands) magazine articles
Quote from Rob Koral (Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion): It was a superbly organised event, and a packed room created a great atmosphere for the bands to perform in... At the same time, from a musicians perspective, a little strange and surreal when there has to be a winner", which is not a natural part of music, any result is going to be subjective. I did think that all the bands were quite different from each other and very good.... Of course I am completely proud of our guys, and Zoe, who is awesome. Really enjoyed hanging out with all the bands back stage, and making some new and genuine friendships, that was a big plus for me. Feeling good as I write this and very pleased to have been there! Well done Liz, Ashwyn, Dave and team ... it's so obvious that the labour of love, which it surely is, and motivation for organising this event, was utterly for the benefit and love of great music.... a huge thanks.
Quote from Graham Whittington: Well, just got home from a fantastic time in Liverpool at The Cavern Club, brilliant time spent with fabulous friends and new friends. The whole event was superb, well organised by a great team of hard working people giving their time to keep live music going. Many congratulations to the artists who all performed at their best. Commiserations to the ones who did not quite make it to Memphis and Hell but congrats to LaVendore Rogue who get to represent the UK there.
Quote from Alan Pearce (Blues Matters): Well done LaVendore Rogue! Winners of the 4th UK Blues Challenge! The Blues Matters team and owner Alan Pearce would like to extend huge congratulations to LaVendore Rogue on their success and wish them well with all of their musical adventures as they go forward to proudly represent the UK in 2018.
Quote from Nicki Vinall: This is what it's all about! Fabulous fun with a superstar lineup, some of the great voices of the Blues in England! LaVendore Rogue WINNERS of 4th UK Blues Challenge at The Cavern (LIVERPOOL). The winners Joel Fisk, JoJo Burgess. Stephen Percy Cutmore, James Payze and Warren Lynn with Kyla Brox, Connie Lush, Kaz Hawkins and Victor Brox. 3 mins of wonderfulness!
Quote from Stuart Goodall: What a terrific night it turned out to be.
Quote from Dave Raven (Raven & The Blues): 48 hours later and I'm still buzzing.
I am so proud of the blues community . . .
Here's the skinny - we've all been to gigs where the bands have complained about the sound, over-run their time slot, messed around on set up and strip down.
Sunday at the 4th UK Blues Federation Challenge at the Cavern was a text book example of 'How The Professionals Do It'.
Five bands collectively drove over 1,000 miles to get to the Cavern for 1:30
Smooth sound checks.
2 girls and 19 boys sharing one dressing room.
Each band timing their thirty minute set to perfection.
Changeovers accomplished in often less than 15 minutes - rebuilding the drum kit, adding cabinets, keyboards, vocal mikes - a nod to Ricky the sound guy and go.
Hitting the ground running from the off.
The vibe in the almost full Cavern could be cut with a knife, the audience willing on every band.
The 150+ audience giving generously for the raffle and the auction.
Six wonderful judges who had the hardest job.
Five bands who would all have been great representing the UK in Memphis and Norway in 2018.
If you were there you know what I mean - thank you all.
Quote from Kaz Hawkins: Well what to say about yesterday???? AMAZING. When the blues family comes out it's special indeed. …. Congratulations to LaVendore Rogue who won. I had the honour of presenting them with the trophy. Good luck to Joel Fisk, JoJo Burgess & the rest of LVR as they now go on to represent the UK in Memphis & Norway. A great turn out for UK Blues in Liverpool, thank you all for supporting the genre and helping us celebrate our rich blues heritage. Special thanks to my partner in crime Connie Lush & Terry for hosting us in her city, she truly is the Queen of Liverpool, what a woman! When our blues family across the UK come together...... UKBlues.
Reviews of the 3rd UK Blues Challenge 2016 at the Robin 2, Bilston, West Midlands on 12th November 2016.
UK Blues Challenge 2016 Review - by Rosy Greer, Lancashire Blues Archive
UK Blues Challenge 2016 Review - by Bluesdoodles
UK Blues Challenge 2016 Review - by Fred Delforge, European Blues Union Board Member
UK Blues Challenge 2016 Review - by Will Munn, Blues in Britain magazine (January 2017 edition - published with permission)
Quote from Mike Hamblett, Robin2: "It was a great pleasure to host the 3rd UK Blues Challenge at the Robin 2 on 12th Nov 2016. The whole event was extremely well managed from the outset and the show itself presented an array of first class talent from the British Blues Scene"
Quote from Will Munn, Blues in Britain: "Whilst the judges had to decide upon one name , we punters were the true winners, being treated to the best blues line up this side of any festival".
Reviews of the 2nd UK Blues Challenge 2015 at the Boom Boom Club, Sutton, Surrey on 25th October 2015.
UK Blues Challenge 2015 Review- by Bluesdoodles
Blues in Britain magazine articles
Quote from Pete Feenstra, Boom Boom Club: "The UK Blues Federation brings welcome focus, boundless enthusiasm and extensive knowledge to the British Blues scene in general and the annual UK Blues Challenge in particular. The last three UK Blues Challenges were notable for both their professional presentation and the high standard of the bands that made it to the respective finals. In a world where it is increasingly difficult to present, promote and support independent live music, UKBlues is a vital cog at the heart of a vibrant nationwide music scene. Long may it continue to be so".
Reviews of UKBlues and BBA benefit (fund raising) events:
Quote from Nick Westgarth, Carlisle Blues Rock Festival & Penrith 'Real Live Music', on UKBlues Newsletter (UKBlues/BBA Amalgamation): "Great news. Good to see a British blues organisation doing things for the right reasons".
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