Battle of the Blues at BJ’s – Hop Pocket, Chorley – 29 Jan 2011

Posted on: Monday, Nov 15, 2010

Search launched for Lancashire’s best blues talent
– Part of UK-wide Battle of the Blues

A brand new search for Britain’s best emerging Blues talent launches on 12 October and Lancashire and the surrounding areas have been chosen as a potential hotbed of fresh, unsigned, musical talent.  But this is no ordinary search – it’s being led by the Canadian province of New Brunswick, and the winning band or artist will have the fantastic opportunity of flying to New Brunswick and performing at the world-renowned Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton in September 2011. Heats will be held throughout the country and Lancashire’s heat will be held at BJ’s Blues Club at The Hop Pocket in Chorley.

‘New Brunswick Battle of the Blues’ invites bands or singer/songwriters to enter the first stage of the competition via YouTube from now until 17 December and successful musicians will be selected to perform at an exciting one night Battle of the Bands-style heat on 29 January 2011.  The regional winners will travel to London for the final to be held on 29 March and judged by a panel of blues greats. Regional runners up will be put to a public vote and the public choices will also get to perform on the London stage.

But there can only be one outright UK winner and they must prove they can produce new and original work and they must be unsigned.  Says Lisa Gagnon, who’s organising the competition in the UK for New Brunswick, “The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival is looking for new international talent to add to their line-up for 2011 and we feel the UK has a lot to offer in the way of exceptional blues musicians.  We want to tap into the blues scene and find some real gems.”

Entries will be accepted from 12th October up until the 17th December.  First stage entry is via YouTube and details will be available at from 12th October. So if you think you or your band can rise to the challenge, visit the website to find out more.

For further information, interview, images or press tickets, please contact Rachel Shimell or Miranda Johnson on 02380 732981/ 01962 890208 or email: or

New Brunswick is one of Canada’s 3 maritime provinces and is known as the ‘Jewel of Atlantic Canada’.  Only 6 hours flying time from the UK, the province is rich in history, wildlife, culture and natural beauty and music is an integral part of its psyche. Visit for more information.

The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival is an annual music festival held in Fredericton, the capital of New Brunswick.  It has an international following and features blues, jazz and world music, taking over the city for 5 days in mid- September it’s one of Canada’s premier music festivals. Past artists include such luminaries as Buddy Guy. For more information, visit:

Heats for New Brunswick Battle of the Blues

Heats will be held at:

The Greyhound, Beeston, nr Notts, 21st Jan

The Scotia Bar, Stockwell Street, Glasgow, 25th Jan

The New Crawdaddy Blues Club in Billericay, 27th Jan

BJ’s Blues Club at The Hop Pocket, Chorley, 29th Jan

Southampton, (tbc)

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