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Poles adore Blues Alive, they awards it the event of the year again

CHORZÓW, ŠUMPERK – Two years ago the first, last year the second and this year the first again. These are the amazing placings that ŠUMPERK Blues Alive festival has taken in the prestigious TOP Blues competition, announced by Twój Blues, the most widely read Central European magazine dedicated to blues music.

This year Blues Alive Festival won again in the category of world events in 2014. Such events as festivals in Chicago and Memphis have ranked behind Blues Alive.

"The news from Poland has surprised and pleased us, especially because the results of the competition TOP Blues are decided about by readers of Twój Blues and Poles are known to understand blues music," says the festival director Vladimir Rybička with a smile.

The survey results were announced by TOP Blues magazine last weekend and the award ceremony will take place in April in the cultural house in Chorzów.

The nineteenth year of Blues Alive festival took place in mid-November last year and it hosted the stars like John Németh, Otis Taylor and Morganfield brothers. The musicians played again to a full house as the years before.

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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 14th to 16th November.

"We are very pleased that even though this is 16th year of Aperitiv, there are a lot of new blues bands that are willing to compete for the participation at Blues Alive. In addition to the established bands there are completely new bands applying for the contest. We are also pleased that the originally purely Czech Festival has now become an international event, "says the festival director Vladimir Rybička.

34 bands from Poland, Austria, Belarus, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have entered for the 16th year of Blues Aperitiv contest.

"This year we have achieved the largest number of entries in the contest history, a total of 34 bands, couples and individuals. Besides the traditional participants from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia bands from Austria and Belarus have enrolled in the first round as well. Some of them, however, are too far beyond the reach of the contest. The first round has shown a significant change compared with the first years of Blues Aperitiv - the tendency to play own repertoire, often sung in native language. Regardless of not always balanced quality of authorship the effort to face blues material in their own way must be must appreciated, "said the festival dramaturge Ondřej Bezr.

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 21.
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 21 at Culture House in Šumperk from 7.00 p.m. Admission fee is 90 Czech crowns.

Advancing to the final concert Blues Aperitiv XVI.