Together with Notodden’s mayor Joern Christensen and Tom Gustavsen, director of the Notodden Blues Festival Torgeir Fossli enjoyed a celebration of Blues in northern Poland. The Norwegian was touched by the hospitality he experienced in Suwalki. “The large crowd in the streets showed that this is a festival that really was appreciated by the people of Suwalki, while the strong presence of the press carried the message that this has become a festival of both national and international interest.

This year’s program was of high quality and was diverse enough that most people could find great concert experiences. Dave Ellis Blues Band (UK, PL), B. B. & the blues shacks (DE) and Cedric Burnside Project (US) were just some of the many enthusiastic bands who made Suwalki and its guests dance.

“For us who are also interested in how it is organized, we were particularly impressed with the efficiency of the rigging and dismantling of the stage and audience areas”, commented Fossli. His résumé: “SBF is definitely worth visiting and we look very much forward to the next Suwalki Blues Festival!”