A pure love for music. Lots of enthusiasm. The urge to combine a perfect organization with the warmth of a family friendly atmosphere. These are the main ingredients that made Duvelblues into one of the most renowned events on the Belgian festival circuit.

Full band list

  • Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory
  • B.B. & The Blues Shacks
  • Bai Kamara Jr. & The Voodoo Sniffers
  • Bass Papa
  • Belgian Blues Legends
  • Bert Delvert & Copperhead Run
  • Big Daddy Wilson
  • Blue Angels
  • Bradley's Circus
  • Carey & Lurrie Bell
  • Carolyn Wonderland
  • Catfish Keith
  • Charlie Musselwhite
  • Chatz Kostas
  • Chris Daniels & The Kings ft. Freddi Gowdy
  • Christopher Paul Stelling
  • Corey Dennison Band
  • Corey Harris & The Rasta Blues Experience
  • Dave Peabody & Regina Mudrich
  • David Ronaldo & The Dice
  • Davina & the Vagabonds
  • Diunna Greenleaf
  • Doug Macleod
  • Dries
  • Eden Brent
  • Elliott Murphy
  • Elmore D
  • Enrico Crivellaro and the Raphael Wressing Organ Trio
  • Eric 'Guitar' Davis & Luca Giordano Bluesband
  • Eric Bibb
  • Fabulous Thunderbirds
  • Fred Chapelier & the Gents ft. Dale Blade
  • Fried Bourbon
  • Gordie McKeeman & his Rythm Boys
  • Guy Davis
  • Guy Forsyth
  • Hans Theessink
  • Harmony Two Tones
  • Hat Fitz and Cara
  • Hell's Kitchen
  • Howlin Bill
  • Ian Siegal
  • Ian Siegal Band
  • Irish Coffee
  • J.J. Thames
  • Jerry Donahue & Guitar collection
  • Jerry Waddel
  • Jesus Volt
  • Jimmy Burns & Luca Giordano ft. Quique Gomez
  • Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms
  • Johnny Winter
  • Juzzie Smith
  • Karen Lovely
  • Kenny Neal
  • Kent Duchaine
  • King King ft. Alan Nimmo
  • Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
  • Kozmic Blue
  • Larry Garner & Michael van Merwyk
  • Larry Garner & Norman Beaker Band
  • Layla Zoe
  • Leif De Leeuw Band
  • Leon Blue
  • Loose in the Blues
  • Lubos Bena
  • Luca Giordano ft. Quique Gomez
  • Luke Winslow King ft. Roberto Luti
  • Malted Milk
  • Marc De Wit & Rick Ooms
  • Marc Ford & The Neptune Blues Band
  • Marino Noppe Band
  • Mark & The Monday Lovers
  • Martha High ft. Morbius
  • Martin Trimble & Outside Help
  • Mary Stokes Band
  • Matt Andersen
  • Meena Cryle & The Chris Fillmore Band
  • Michael Burks
  • Michael Jerome Brown
  • Miguel M
  • Mike Sanchez
  • Nick Moss & The Flip Tops
  • Nico Backton & wizards of blues
  • Nico Wayne Toussaint
  • Nico Wayne Toussaint Quintet
  • Nimmo Brothers
  • Nine Below Zero
  • Otis Grand & The Big Blues Band
  • Otis Taylor
  • Peaches Staten Band
  • Poplawsky
  • Ralph De Jongh
  • Rick Estrin and The Nightcats
  • Rick Vito & Lucky Devils
  • RJ Mischo & His Red Hot Bluesband
  • Rob Jungklas
  • Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers
  • Roomful of Blues
  • Rudy Rotta
  • Salty Dogs
  • Samuel James
  • Sandra Hall
  • Scotch 'n' Soda
  • Sean Carney & Shaun Booker
  • Shaggy Dogs
  • Shirley Johnson
  • Steven Troch & Lon Eldridge
  • Steven Troch Band
  • Teeny Tucker
  • Terry Garland
  • The Backbones
  • The Big Four
  • The Cadillac Kings
  • The Delgado Borthers
  • The Guitar Collection
  • The Reba Russel Band
  • Tim Lothar
  • Tiny Legs Tim & Elsewhere Bound Orchestra
  • Tom Rigney & Flambeau
  • Tommy Castro
  • Tony Coleman
  • Trampled Under Foot
  • Twelve Bar Blues Band
  • Walter Broes & The Mercenaries
  • Walter "Wolfman" Washington
  • West Coast Blues Conspiracy

Lust for life

In 1996, in the peaceful village Ruisbroek near Puurs, Gust Meeus throws a party. The reason? Gust turns 40. The name of the party? Lust for life.

In the wee hours a plan is made at the bar: why not turn this into an annual event? Gust Meeus, a true blues fan for years, agrees but on one condition: don’t stick to a party, but include blues concerts. With those first concerts, the very seed of what would become Duvelblues, is being planted. In the following years many blues artists find their way to Ruisbroek.

To the park grounds

Initially the concerts were being held in the local youth center. Because the formula catches on, a bigger venue is needed. With the cooperation of renowned brewery Duvel - Moortgat, the city council, CC De Kollebloem, the youth center Kabal management board and a number of sponsors, the "Duvelblues festival" is being held for the first time, in 2002. The location will initially be the site of the local Chiro, with an additional large tent and a large sound system. The first edition turns out to be a big hit: 350 blues lovers share in the enthusiasm. A number that gradually increases, as does the the number of – and the quality of - bands. In 2006, with the number of spectators having doubled, the organisation grabs the opportunity to move to the nearby Hof Van Coolhem, a walled historical park domain.

International top artists on the bill

The festival ground Hof Van Coolhem houses the festival from 2006 to 2015. The organization baptizes the non-profit organisation Duvel Blues; in the meantime, the big names on the posters are living proof that the festival has definitively outgrown its infancy. Duvelblues succeeds in bringing several international top blues artists to Puurs: Nine Below Zero, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tommy Castro Band, Rick Vito.... In 2014 Johnny Winter even plays one of his very last concerts, the blues legend collapses a few months later.

Duvelblues, Johnny Winter

Duvelblues is now known by both music lovers and international artists alike as one of the most enjoyable events on the festival calendar. The location changed a few times since. In 2016 the festival moved closer to Puurs and the JOC Wijland, nowadays the festival is being held in Ruisbroek, on a new terrain with new infrastructure. The formula remains intact: electric performances on the main stage, intimate acoustic sets on a second stage. The new location offers more camping possibilities and a smooth connection to public transport. The number of spectators increases year after year and now fluctuates between 1100 and 1500. With the cooperation of the sponsors, the press, the Flemish Government and all music lovers with a heart for roots music, Duvelblues is very much alive and kicking and lives up to its reputation.

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