Now that IBMA week is in the books, it’s time to get ready for EWOB, the European World Of Bluegrass, held in Voorthuizen, the Netherlands, May 13-15, 2010.
Bands interested in showcasing at the EWOB festival can apply between now and November 20. A total of 42 showcase spots are available and though bands are not paid for these appearances, some travel expenses are offered to European bands. Event producers and music press from all over Europe are typically on hand for these shows.
The festival also hosts a European Bluegrass Band Awards competition, with winners chosen on two separate tracks. The primary award is chosen by the other musicians in attendance, and a second trophy is awarded by the fans, an Audience Popularity Award. The winner of the European Bluegrass Band Award each year is offered the opportunity to perform at the following year’s IBMA convention in Nashville.
Application details can be found on the European Bluegrass Music Association web site, where you can also find sponsor, vendor and volunteer information.