Due to the pandemic, it was not possible to run a Challenge in 2020 but arrangements are already in hand for the 2021 UKBlues Challenge which will take place on Saturday 18th September 2021 at a venue in Coventry, the 2021 City of Culture. More details will be released in due course.
9th European Blues Challenge, Punta Delgada, Azores, Portugal 5-6 April 2019
They did it... flew the flag sung the Blues and celebrated. Congratulations to Kyla Brox and her band of wonderful musicians.
5th UKBLUES CHALLENGE - THE WINNER
What a fabulous evening we had at Worthing Pier's Southern Pavilion on Saturday 8th September where a great and enthusiastic audience cheered to the rafters when the magnificent Kyla Brox was declared the winner of the 5th UKBlues Challenge and invited to go to represent the UK at both the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2019 and the European Blues Challenge in The Azores in April 2019.
All five contestants - Greg Coulson Band, Carl North & the Lonely Hearts, Kyla Brox Band, Catfish and Tom C Walker Band. - treated us to a fabulously varied evening of top flight music and all proved that they were worthy of taking part in the Challenge. Congratulations go to all of them on making the event so very special.
Greg Coulson Band - Photo courtesy Liz Aiken
Carl North & The Lonely Hearts - Photo courtesy Liz Aiken
Kyla Brox Band - Photo courtesy Liz Aiken
Catfish - Photo courtesy Liz Aiken
Tom C Walker Band - Photo courtesy Liz Aiken
But special congratulations to Kyla Brox and her band who we are both proud and pleased to have as the UK's representative at the International and European Blues Challenges next year.
This great photo from Richard Dunning sums it up as four of the five contestants jam in the evening's finale.
But don't take my word for it, read the full story and some great comments from those who were there.