“Il Blues” is the only Italian magazine since 1982 in Italy that is dedicated to the blues music. Apart from being one of the oldest magazines in Europe, it helped in these 35 years promoting Italian blues musicians outside of Italy and Europe, and to discover and promote American and European blues talents, with a strict collaboration with Italian blues festivals.
Since 2013 the magazine is only online but it never stopped its activity, giving even more space to new sections about blues guitar or interviews, with the only aim of help growing the attention of the mainstream media and promoters to this part of the Afroamerican culture that was the cradle of all modern kind of music.
For devoting his whole life to promote and develop the blues in Italy and Europe,
the Winner in MEDIA category is Mr. MARINO GRANDI.
Well known to thousands of musicians in Europe and the United States, he has devoted his life to establishing, and expanding the blues music scene in his native Denmark and throughout Europe. After two decades of producing and promoting blues events in Europe, he started the Frederikshavn Blues Festival in 2006. Recently renamed the Blues Heaven Festival, this amazing blues event gathers audiences from 17 countries to enjoy the best blues but also soul and gospel performances over two full days.
His dedication to blues music has been widely recognized and he has been honored with many awards.
For running and producing an impressive festival in Denmark that serves to present to European audiences the biggest blues musicians,
the Winner in PRODUCTION category is Mr. PETER ASTRUP.
A small festival started in Belgium in 1988. Now 33 years later Swing Wespelaar is one of the biggest Blues Festivals in Belgium but, the most important thing, IT’S A FREE FESTIVAL for 33 years whose trade mark is “Blues For The People”. Also, over the years they have presented lots of first-class great blues artists with the primary objective to bring the Blues to a wide spread audience.
For the continuous and endless work to promote the blues through a free festival open to everybody with the aim to develop blues knowledge among music lovers,
the Winner in PROMOTION category is Mr. FILIP LE ROY