European Blues Challenge 2022 in Malmö: Schedule



EBU General Assembly
Blues Market
Blues Expo
Blues Behind the Scenes Awards


Live Hall

Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden, located by the sea in the southwestern tip of the country. The Öresund bridge connects Malmö with Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Air travel connection to Malmö is by default the Copenhagen airport (Kastrup).

Malmö views


The EBC 2022 event will take place the Clarion Malmö Live. It’s a newly built hotel and cultural center, opened in 2015 right in the center of the city next to the railway station.

The pre-event concert will be held at ‘Kuben’ while the actual Blues Challenge itself will take place in the ‘Congress Hall’. B, both in the same building.


Covid information

Sweden has no longer restrictions for arrival in the country, but of course new formalities may arise before the EBC. Updated information can be found here:

Recommendations when entering Sweden

Most of you will arrive at Copenhagen Kastrup airport. There are no arrival restrictions in Denmark, either. EBC 2022 local organizers work actively to guarantee you a safe visit. The venue will be set up according to governmental recommendations which may mean some limitations in attendance.


By air

The easiest way is Copenhagen Kastrup Airport. From the airport you simply take the shuttle train directly to Malmö. They run frequently and it takes only about 20 minutes. You can be requested to show your passport on the train.

By train

When coming from the airport and getting off at the Malmö Central Station you will be right next to the venue, Clarion Hotel Malmö Live.

By car

Arriving by car from Denmark over the Öresund bridge, continue along E20 to the second exit named ‘Naffentorp’ (exit 11) and go for ‘Malmö’ in northern direction. Keep on driving straight on upon the ‘Pildammsvägen’ through the entire city until you reach the old town and Clarion Hotel Malmö Live on the right side at the canal crossing.

Arriving by car from within Sweden (E6), turn right twice when reaching Malmö Entré and follow ‘Hornsgatan/Norra Vallgatan’ to the end of the road. There you should have Malmö Live on the right side along the canal.


Clarion Hotel Malmö Live
Dag Hammarskjölds torg 2
21118 Malmö
Phone: +46 40 20 75 00

The same building as the event, a 4-star hotel with two restaurants. Connected to the convention centre and the venue, it’s the most convenient place to stay, a fancy hotel with high comfort, but then again not the cheapest. Book your room here


Within a 5-10 minute walk: Comfort Hotel Malmö and Best Western Hotel Royal

Comfort Hotel Malmö
Carlsgatan 10 C
Discount booking code: EBC2022

Located in the exciting, redeveloped harbour area, 200 m from the Central Station, 500 m from the venue. Single SEK 880 Double SEK 990. Breakfast included.

Book Comfort Hotel Malmö

Best Western Hotel Royal
Norra Vallgatan 94
Very good location. No special discounts but may be quite affordable.
Book Book Best Western Hotel Royal


Hotel N Hostel Malmö City
Rönngatan 1
Situated in the real heart of Malmö with an excellent location, 50+ rooms at good prices from SEK 615/room/night.
Book N Hostel Malmö City

Best Western Malmö Arena
Located in the southern part of Malmö, close to the Hyllie Train Station where the Copenhagen Airport shuttle train stops. There’s a 11-minute train ride to the Malmö Central. Special rate for EBC, 20 % discount on all rooms during 2-4 June.
Book Best Western Malmö Arena or contact

Rut & Ragnars Vandrarhem
Nobelvägen 113
A hostel in southern Malmö, 10-minute walk from the vibrant Möllevången district. Renovated in 2012, it provides a shared kitchen and simple rooms with flat-screen TV. WiFi and parking are free. Good prices.
Book Rut & Ragnars Vandrarhem

There are many other comfortable hotels around the train stations. Check out more hotels

Thursday 2 June
Kuben – Clarion Malmö Live 2nd floor

Friday & Saturday 3 & 4 June
Congress Hall Clarion Malmö Live

Congress Hall – Clarion Malmö Live

Tickets for the general audience and non-EBU members will be sold by Malmö Live, here:


  • Saturday 4 June
    Time: 10:00
    Location: Clarion Malmö Live, Green Room (3rd floor)
    Registration starts: 9:00

Please be there IN TIME to facilitate registration of members and a smooth and timely running of the GA.

Saturday 4 June
Time: 14:00 18:00
Location: Clarion Malmö Live, lobby outside Kuben (2nd floor)

 The Blues Market is a free, unique opportunity for all EBU Members to present their activities in an informal setting, to meet, interact and communicate with other blues professionals, media and enthusiasts as well as to meet with the bands. The EBU will reserve a table at your disposal upon your request – there you can have your presentations, publications and advertising materials on display.
We are expecting many blues friends to attend the EBC and the Blues Market. So why not benefit this opportunity to present and advertise your professional blues portfolio to probably the largest gathering of European blues enthusiasts in 2022. It’s dedicated and free for you, Active Member of the EBU. The only requirement is you have renewed your membership for 2022. Here is our increasing list of exhibitors at the Malmö Blues Market:

Thrill Blues Festival (Croatia);
Digital Blues / UKBlues Federation (UK);
Trovas Soltas (Portugal);
Big D Bookings (Belgium);
Naked. Donor Productions (Belgium);
The BluesBones vzw (Belgium);
Sofia Blues Meeting (Bulgaria);
Blues Heaven Festival (Denmark);
Stockholm Blues Society (Sweden);
Swedish Blues Association (Sweden);
Bluesnews / Norwegian Blues Union (Norway);
Blues Alive Festival (Czech Rep);
Rauma Blues Festival (Finland);
Harlem Lake (Netherlands);
Bilbao Blues Festival (Spain);
Trondheim Bluesklubb (Norway);
The Blues Express (Norway);
Domingo Balaguer (Spain);
Baltic Blues (Germany)

Location: TBA
Our European Blues Expo photo exhibition will be in a form of a digital presentation with amazing photos from all previous EBCs, 2011-2019, to reminisce the past 10 years of the EBC.


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Please note: Only card payments taken during the event, i.e. no cash accepted !

Thursday 2 June
The Kuben – 2nd floor Clarion Malmö Live
18:00 Doors open. Welcome. Art exhibition and entertainment in the lobby. Bracelets distribution at the merchandise area
22:00 Mingel and Bluesjam

Friday 3 June
Lobby outside Kuben – 2nd floor Clarion Malmö Live
16:00 Doors open. Bracelets distribution at the merchandise area, art exhibition and entertainment in the lobby, participating bands meet and greet, blues jam…

18:00: 1st Night of the European Blues Challenge with 12 bands. Please be there on time!
Congress Hall – Clarion Malmö Live

18:00 Slovakia:       Her Memories Band
18:30 Norway:        Reloaded Norway
19:00 Austria:         Marius Dobra Blues Band
19:30 Spain:           Mingo, Sanpa & Bárez Bros
20:00 Belgium:       Steven Troch Band
20:30 Hungary:       Ripoff Raskolnikov Band
21:00 Denmark:      Jake Green Band
21:30 Croatia:         Bluzy Threesome
22:00 Switzerland:  Justina Lee Brown Band
22:30 Czechia:        WBand
23:00 Germany:      Muddy What?
23:30 Romania:       Othello Trio

Saturday 18 April


Green Room 3rd floor Clarion Malmö Live (for Active EBU Members only)
09:00 to 10:00: Registration of participants at the General Assembly
10:00 to 12:30: EBU General Assembly, followed by Toast to celebrate EBC 10th Anniversary


Lobby outside Kuben – 2nd floor Clarion Malmö Live
14:00: Mounting of the Blues Market
15:00: Doors open
15:00-17:00: Blues Market, art exhibition and entertainment in the lobby, blues jam…
17:00-17:30: Dismounting of the market

18:00:  2nd Night of the European Blues Challenge with 12 bands. Please be there on time!Congress Hall – Clarion Malmö Live

18:00 Sweden:        Ore Island Penitentiary Band
18:30 Bulgaria:       Billy Tempesta Blues Trio
19:00 Estonia:         Teele Viira & Raul Ukareda Band
19:30 Greece:         The Lazytrains
20:00 UK:               The Achievers
20:30 Ireland:         CrazyCrow
21:00 France:         Jessie Lee & The Alchemists
21:30 Finland:         Lumberjacks
22:00 Luxemburg:   Ramblin’ South
22:30 Netherlands:  Harlem Lake Band
23:00 Portugal:       Peter Storm & The Blues Society
23:30 Italy:            Betta Blues Society
00:00           Voting process, announcement of the Blues Behind the Scenes Award and EBC winner 2022.
01:00           Closing of the EBC 2022

Prize awards to the winners include performing at the following confirmed festivals (if Covid situation allow them to fully organize the festival):

  • BB Blues Festival (Portugal), June
  • Gothenburg Blues Festival (Sweden), July
  • Santa Maria Blues Festival (Azores Islands, Portugal), July (14)
  • Notodden Blues Festival (Norway), August
  • Swing Wespelaar (Belgium), August
  • Blues in the Garden (Romania), end August
  • Blues in Hell (Norway), September
  • Lucerne Blues Festival (Switzerland), mid-November

The 10th edition of the European Blues Challenge is being made possible thanks to the close collaboration of the EBU with Malmoe-Copenhagen Blues Connexion, Active Member of the EBU. It is a non-profit organization which has been working for 20 years to promote live blues music in their region arranging club-events, jam sessions and festivals.

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