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The International Competition Blues Aperitiv 2017 knows its winners


On Saturday, March 18, seven blues bands from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, performed on the podium of DK Šumperk, where the eighteenth year of the international competition Blues Aperitiv took place.
The jury and the audience voted for the winners of the contest and decided of those to qualify for the main program of the 22nd Blues Alive Festival, which takes place from 16th to 18th November.
The jury selected from as many as 46 bands which applied for the contest after they had listened to their demos.
On Saturday March 18, the finalists presented the best of their repertoire, which was well appreciated by both the audience, which started to danced soon, and the jury consisting of music publisher, Ondřej Konrád, Polish promoter and publisher of the famous Twoj Blues magazine, Andrzej Matysik and the dramaturge of Blues Alive, Ondřej Bezr.
"This time, the jury had a very difficult decision to make because the bands selected were on a comparable and very high level. Almost all would deserve to qualify for Blues Alive in autumn. They would all looked well on the stage of the big festival. However, it was necessary to choose, " outlined the atmosphere of the international competition Ondřej Bezr, dramaturge of Blues Alive.

"Slovak Mississippi Mixtape have qualified for the two main concerts of November Blues Alive in Šumperk and Chorzow. Their positives are a modernist view of the blues roots, having a clear desire to look for the distinctive way of expression and the great energy they were playing with. They have this energy in common with King Bee, which are to play at one main Blues Alive concert in Šumperk. The band plays a straightforward song bluesrock, the great plus of which is the singer's authenticity, "said Ondřej Bezr.

"Authentic expression, a well-established style of old folk blues and the corresponding Czech lyrics, are characteristic of musician and singer Bužma, who has qualified for the summer scene of Blues Alive as part of the Boskovice festival and Polish festival Front Porch Blues. Audience then has chosen Hot Tamales Trio and it has been crystal clear," added Vladimír Rybička, Director of Blues Alive Festival.


qualified for the main Blues Alive program (Šumperk 16 – 18/11/2017):

Audience Award:

qualified for the main Blues Alive program in Chorzów 19/11/2017

qualified for the main program of the festival in Boskovice and the Polish Front Porch Blues (July 2017)



The competition Blues Aperitiv has raised a great interest

Also this year the international music contest Blues Aperitiv is going to give bluesmen a chance to win participation at the prestigious festival Blues Alive, which will take place in Šumperk from 16th to 18th November.

46 bands from Poland, UK, Austria, Hungary, Belarus, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have entered for the 18th year of Blues Aperitiv contest.

In early February the expert jury, chaired by Ondřej Bezr and consisting of music journalists, active musicians and festival promoters, chose seven groups, which are allowed to play alive at the final concert in Šumperk on Saturday, March 18.
Two winners will be selected from the seven bands and these bands are guaranteed to play at the renowned Blues Alive festival. Previous experience from past years gives a chance to more than two bands. The other bands that will capture the jury´s or the audience´s attention may get an invitation to play at side stages of Blues Alive or in Poland.

The final concert of Blues Aperitiv contest will be held on Saturday, March 18 at Culture House in Šumperk from 7.00 p.m. Admission fee is 90 Czech crowns.

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Advancing to the final concert Blues Aperitiv XVIII.





Do you want to play at Blues Alive XXII.?

Enter for a Blues Aperitiv contest festival!

Blues Aperitiv is an integral part of Blues Alive, which is trying to scout for new talents in blues music from among Czech, Slovak, UK or Polish bands.

We guarantee playing at the renowned festival Blues Alive for two bands, which traditionally welcome the visitors with their concert in the foyer of Culture House. The chance for visiting Blues Alive is also for the band, which will have the most votes from the visitors of Blues Aperitiv. This band will start one of jam sessions, that are in pubs and clubs in Šumperk during Blues Alive.

Previous experience from past years gives a chance to more than three bands. The other bands, that will capture the jury´s or the audience´s attention, may get an invitation to play at side stages of Blues Alive, another Czech festivals or in Poland.

The final concert of Blues Aperitiv contest will be held on Saturday, March 18 at Culture House in Šumperk from 7.00 p.m.

Conditions which will give you a chance to be chosen for Blues Aperitiv:

Closing date: 15.1.2017!!!

If you want to take part in the festival, send the application form to horakova@dksumperk.cz. It must include the name of your band, names and instruments, a band bio, a technical rider, a web address, a current photo in press quality and two reliable phone and email contacts. It is necessary to send a demo CD to the address of Culture House with title „Blues Aperitiv“, three songs as mp3 or web link by mail.
From all entry bands 9 will be selected (7x qualifiers, 2x stand-in), seven will perform in front of an international jury and spectators.

Important information for Bands:

Sound technique, Bass Amp, Basic Drum set will be prepared. Bands will use their own instrumental equipments. Every band has for their gig 40 minutes incl. a sound check. Order will by decided by lots. We will give you a contribution for petrol and also reserve accommodation for you. If you want, we may reserve the accommodation for your friends too (they will pay it individually).


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