Radio Scorpio’s Bluesapalooza puts together the opening band for the festival – each one of these artists played at the radio show during its three-year run. Backed up by the seasoned musicians of Studio Fandango, this staggering combination of young talent and local legends will surely set the stage alight.

Armand Hombroeckx, better known as Big Bill Krakkebaas, is without a doubt the godfather of the Leuven blues scene. His biggest hit is ‘Ene Met Hesp’ (a Flemish adaptation of a Chuck Berry song), originally released as the b-side of ‘Stoase Blues’.

P Van Sant is Leuven’s best kept secret. A voice reminiscent of Tom Waits, singing songs that sound like Townes Van Zandt with a vicious hangover. He’s most likely to be found in café Paradox – coincidentally the name of his latest record. Buy it – it’s the best album you haven’t heard yet.

Alain Louie is one of the most prolific songwriters in the Leuven area – solo or with his band Les Talons Gitans, he’s a consistent source of soulful music, rooted in local culture.

EME is the up-and-coming soul queen of the Leuven music scene. Her seemingly endless range, soulful timbre and songwriting capacities make her one to watch in the coming years.

Steven de Bruyn is the righteous heir to Toots Thielemans’ throne. Under his alias Stevo Harpo, he has conspired with countless artists. Nowadays he’s touring the world with his band The Rythm Junks, but before that he shook up the Belgian blues scene with Roland van Campenhout and his band El Fish.