LaVendore Rogue - IBC/EBC 2018

Raising funds to contribute towards the costs of LaVendore Rogue representing the UK at the 2018 International and European Blues Challenges

We did it!

On 18th Dec 2017 we successfully raised £5,200 with 80 supporters in 56 days

f9f3a900a04be86eb3afe73e69ceddf4b897c9afLaVendore Rogue will be representing the UK when they join more than 250 other acts from all over the world at the 34th International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, USA organised by the Blues Foundation between 16th and 20th January. 2018.



They will also compete in the 8th European Blues Challenge (EBC) in Hell, Norway organised by the European Blues Union on 15th, 16th and 17th March 2018 in which 21 bands from across Europe will take part.

As part of UKBlues’ mission to support the Blues in the UK we have set up this crowd funding campaign to raise funds towards the considerable costs which will be incurred by the LaVendore Rogue representing the UK at the 2018 IBC & EBC.


LaVendore Rogue celebrate their success at the 4th UK Blues Challenge which was held at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool on 10th September 2017  - photo courtesy of Alan White

Previous UK representatives at the EBC have been Ben Poole, 24 Pesos, Babajack, David Migden & the Twisted Roots, Laurence Jones, Red Butler and Kaz Hawkins Band, who won the 2017 European Blues Challenge and who presented the winner's trophy to LaVendore Rogue. Many of these acts have subsequently enjoyed great success in Europe.

Listen toBecky Tate of Babajacktalking about how important their appearance at the European Blues Challenge in 2013 was for them

Visit UKBlues' website- which contains a wealth of information which is regularly updated.

The site also has more information on how you can support UKBlues by joining or making a donation.

To find out more about the Blues Foundation and the IBC visit and for more about the European Blues Union visit .

Find out more about the 2018 European Blues Challenge at

About the Band

LaVendore Rogue (pronounced LAV, as in ‘toilet’, END, as in ‘not the beginning’, ORE, as in ‘iron’)


Nobody knows what the name means, but what is clear is that LaVendore Rogue is one of the most exciting bands to emerge on the UK Roots scene for many years.

The band consists of three ex-Hokie Joint members; multiple-British Blues Award nominees and winners JoJo Burgess on vocals, Joel Fisk on guitar and Stephen “Cupsey” Cutmore on drums, as well as James Payze on bass and Warren Lynn on keyboards.

''LaVendore Rogue are a force of nature, who combine the swagger of the early Rolling Stones, the attitude of Dr Feelgood and the horror of the Walking Dead. Blues noir is officially a thing.''

“A fiery blend of Americana, country, punk & rock 'n' roll'' - Rock Times (Germany)

''Truly excellent'' - Blues Matters! (UK) 

Find more about LaVendore Rogue here

The UK Blues Federation (UKBlues) is an Affiliate of the Blues Foundation and an Active Member of the European Blues Union and is honoured that both these organisations have appointed UKBlues to run the process to choose the UK’s representative at these two prestigious events.

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