UK Blues Challenge


Each year, the UKBlues Federation organises the UKBlues Challenge to choose a band or artist to represent the UK at the annual International Blues Challenge organised by the Blues Foundation and at the annual European Blues Challenge organised by the European Blues Union.

In just a few years the UKBlues Challenge has become a major event in the UK blues calendar and enjoys a stature that is growing exponentially. In keeping with our ethos of being a pan-UK organisation, the Challenge location moves around the UK.


Click here for al the background details of the challenge process, how contestants are chosen, the selection criteria and what opportunities are offered to the winners.

Please note these archives are being enhanced over time. If any reader has memorabilia they would be willing to share (particularly photos) please email

UK Blues Challenge Archives

Here are the archives of all previous UK Blues Chalenges …


6th UK Blues Challenge – 14th September 2019

Bluefunk Rhythm & Blues Club, Poynton, Cheshire

Contestants: The Achievers / Crossfire Blues Band / Connor Selby / Little Triggers 


5th UK Blues Challenge – 8th September 2018

Worthing Pier’s Southern Pavilion, Worthing, West Sussex

Contestants: Greg Coulson Band / Catfish / Kyla Brox Band / Tom C Walker Band / Carl North & The Lonely Hearts


4th UK Blues Challenge – 10th September 2017

The Cavern Club, Liverpool

Contestants: Elles Bailey / Rainbreakers / Robert J Hunter Band / LaVendore Rogue / Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion


3rd UK Blues Challenge – 12th November 2016

The Robin 2 RnB Club, Bilston, Wolverhampton

Contestants: Dove & Bowevil / Kaz Hawkins / Rebecca Downes / Wille & The Bandits


2nd UK Blues Challenge – 24th October 2015

Boom Boom Club, Sutton, Surrey

Contestants: Brothers Groove / Katie Bradley Band / Malaya Blue / Red Butler


1st UK Blues Challenge – 11th December 2014

Boom Boom Club, Sutton, Surrey

Contestants: Henry’s Funeral Shoe / Red Butler / Laurence Jones


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