The oldest blues festival in Spain

Objectives and taking a look to the past editions

The Festival objectives includes:

  • The consolidation of Blues de Cerdanyola as brand in the musical scene and with international prestige.
  • The use of new areas of the city as a scenarios for concerts. 
  • The integration and dinamization of bars and the musical spaces as a network for beeing a programa agents
  • The projection as a Blues city. The reaffirmation of a powerful associations network arround the musical activity.

History

The International Blues Festival from Cerdanyola (FIBC) started in 1988 as a reivindication of the musical movement, and also with the intention of, after some editions, positioning Cerdanyola del Valles as an important cultural city. 

The first edition it was with only one concert  outside the city's Ateneu, after that, the festival has been growing up with editions longer than 10 days, filling the streets and the city's concert halls with quality music. 

In all its trajectory many great artists of this afro-american music style, have been performing in the festival, both national, and international. 

The FIBC has been one of the firsts festivals promouting the blues with a multidiciplinary side: apart from concerts the festival includes conferences, master classes, exhibitions, talks... 

One of the most sucssesful activities during all the years it has been the Barbacue and Blues, a whole day of open-air music. In the last edition we had to reconvert the event into the Big Night for Blues, with the same format but during the evening hours, where the audience can see the headliners of the festival.  

 

Another Editions

The Blues Festival from Cerdanyola celebrates the 28th edition with activities programed by the Cerdanyola City Council and the Blues Comission. This activities have to be add into the oficial programation organized by the bars and locals  of the town. All together the festival congregates arround 15.000 people, and the activities with more audience are in the Turonet park. All activities are for free. 

The main artist of this edition are:

Mike Sánchez & Lluís Coloma

The Slingshots

Carla Sunday

The Lucky Dices Band

Sol Lagarto

Susan Santos

The Soul Jacket

Howlin’Dogs

Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo

Watermelon Slim

Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks

Miau Trío

Johnny Big Stone & The Blues Workers feat Sweet Marta

Wax & Boogie feat Drew Davies

History

The First edition of the festival was in 1988. The Original idea came in the Cerdanyola Radio, by the hand of a group of professionals who were doing a radio program. 

By this time, the festivals, specially jazz festivals, were becoming more popular in Terrassa and in Barcelona, but it wasn't many blues events.

After organizing a big concert for celebrate the 5th aniversary of the radio, they decided to organize a blues festival, to make Cerdanyola different than the rest of the territory. 

And that is how the first Blues Festival from Cerdanyola started: with a huge ilusion and ideas. What in the first moment started as an amateur idea, it became more professional.

In the second period of the festival, they tried to find new audience and more assortment of activities, where the audience enjoyed the sound of the blues, rock, soul and funky music. 

During this second period, and thanks to all the work that it was done before, another bars and locals were added as a venues for the festival, creating a blues atmosphere in the city

27 years after and with 28 editions, after many fameous international artists that they have played on the stages of the festival, the Cerdanyola del Vallès City Council and the Blues Comission, organize the festival.

because of the economic crisis, in 2011, was decided to do the festival every second year. The last edition was in 2013, when it was the 25 anniversary of the festival. 

 

Some of the Most Important Groups:

•Alvin Lee

•Amar Sundy

•Barrence Whitfield & the Savages

•Bars

•Big Chief

•Big Daddy and The Kinsey Report whit Lester Davenport

•Big Mama and The Blues Messengers

•Blues Reunion '90

•Bob Brozman

•Buddy Guy

•Caledonia Blues Band

•Cerdanyola Blues Band

•Cool Jerks

•Crazy Blues

•Del Rey

•Dr. John

•Duke Robillard

•Ferroblues

•Fly and The Tox

•Hubert Sumlin and Louisiana Red Blues the Luxe

•Jaione y los Sordos

•Joe Louis Walker and The Boss Talkers

•Johnny Adams

•Johnny Copeland and Big Chief

•Johnny Mars

•Johnny Winter

•Julian Piper's and the Junkyard Angels

•Koko Taylor and The Blues Mchine

•Los Del Tonos

•Los Enemigos

•Los Marañones

•Lucky Peterson

•M Clan

•Matt Guitar Murphy

•Mermelada

•New Birth Brass Band

•Otis Rush

•Pig Mama

•Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters

•Savoy Brown

•Sing Swing

•Tete Montoliu i Mayte Martín

•The Big Town Playboys

•The Hoax

•The Holmes Brothers