This is the Blue Cafe, take a seat. Chances are you didn’t get here by accident, you’re probably big blues music fans like us. By the term blues we could mean rock, blues-rock, blue-grass, country, gospel, soul, jazz, R&B or just the blues, you know when you’ve got ’em. You’ve come to the right place, and you’re welcome any time. We’re new in town and thought it best to take this opportunity to tell you a bit more about us. So grab a brew – this won’t take long.
We don’t want to bore the pants off you – we have just one really simple objective. Our mission is to do everything in our power to increase the profile of the Blues in the UK. Simple huh? We thought so too, and we have hundreds of talented artists across the UK and worldwide to talk about.
If we can promote quality (and terrible quality) UK venues, that’s great. If we can give a leg-up to top-drawer (and bottom-drawer) UK artists, that’s great too. But if we can get a millennial to listen to Albert Collins or Muddy Waters – then we’ve hit the jackpot.
Why do we do this? Because we love the blues. The only problem is we can’t tell you exactly what the blues is, and neither can anybody else. You just have to find out for yourself, but listening to some blues music will give you a few clues.
What We Do
Right now we are a blog, a fansite, an online newspaper – we are all three at different times. At the moment we do a number of different, and some quite unique things:
- We promote the UK blues scene – at all costs.
- Publishing press releases from artists both in the UK and abroad, to keep you updated on the blues scene.
- Maintaining an extensive gig calendar of blues-related acts at venues big and small across the UK.
- Providing gig, venue, new releases and classic album reviews on a regular basis.
- Offer a public forum for you to discuss the blues with us and other blues fans.
- We sometimes get a bit preachy, apologies in advance.
One day we might become a promoter, we might become a print magazine, our dream is to eventually become a venue. But journeys start somewhere and we are glad to be plying our trade right here, and we are grateful that you are here too.
Started in January 2016, the Blue Cafe (it should be Café) exists because we wanted to add our opinion on to the UK Blues scene and spread blues news and gig dates as quickly as possible. Our profile quickly raised throughout 2016 and today we are proud to have over 1,000 social media followers and growing traffic in to the site.
We only want to give a bit of opinion, most of what you will find here is fact, but I wanna warn you in advance. The blues is subjective, it can be all things to all people, and often we will say something you don’t really agree with. For example I think Ronnie Earl is GOD and I have never sat through an entire Robert Johnson CD – sorry! None of us are experts, just fans, and this establishment is open for other fans too, just bring your own beer.
How Can You Get Involved?
The easiest way for you to get involved is to share our content whenever you can. We can easily be found on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and all of our content is regularly posted there. Social media is a big lifeline for us, and at the bottom of each article are simple share buttons allowing you to post quickly and easily. If at the very least you can give us a cheeky like or follow you’ve put another spoke in our wheel!
You can get involved by commenting on our articles. Posting a comment is quick and easy and is available at the bottom of all of our articles. We welcome all opinions, providing they are respectful. Any negative comments on Ronnie Earl will be immediately put through a shredder – just kidding!
Get in touch, sometimes it’s a bit quiet out there when pushing out news. We are literally a few bourbons away from an “I’m Lonely!” tweet, none of us want that. The Get In Touch page is our biggest source of new gigs for our calendar. So if you have any upcoming gigs to promote, then tell us!
If you want to get more involved then become a contributor. We welcome contributors on all aspects of our page from gig and album reviews through to updating our extensive gig calendar. To find out how you can get more involved and become a contributor check out our Get Involved page.
So that’s us, the Blue Cafe, the home of the blues. Thanks for visiting. We hope you enjoyed your time here, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.