Texelblues Festival has become a staple of blues music. Held across 14 local cafés, it sees around 30 artists coming from every corner of the world to play in the famously hospitable and convivial island of Texel. “Visitors really come for the music, yet the relaxed and friendly atmosphere certainly has contributed to the fact that we can celebrate our 30th anniversary this year,” says co-organiser Fred Winkel. This year’s line-up lists blues magicians such as Eric Gales Band, Laurence Jones and Errol Linton. Unique in 2017 is the Young Texelblues Challenge (YTC), a contest providing a stage for the artists of tomorrow.