Bootblack Europe Contest 2023

Darklands and a new found team of enthusiastic producers welcome you to the 4th edition of the Bootblack Europe Contest! 

A contest that is open to bootblacks of all gender identities and sexual orientations, but also to all levels of skill.

Bootblack Contestants

As a bootblack contestant, you will demonstrate skills, hard work and represent your Bootblack Community at the Bootblack Station, all of this while having a great time with your fellow contestants. We are looking for someone who has passion for boots and leather, someone who’s ready to represent our community online and at events and someone who’s open to teaching others.

Darklands Visitors

Every Darklands visitor will receive a voting ballot, you are able to vote until Saturday 17.00. With this ballot you can vote for your favourite bootblack. When sitting for your bootblack, you are requested to tip a minimum of €5 for the service. However, you are free to negotiate with the bootblack you are sitting for.

Half of the tips will be used to fund the travelfund of Bootblack Europe 2023.

Subscribe as a contestant

Prize package

European Bootblack 2023

• WR1 travel fund share
• Alpha Madness Pass Darklands 2024
• €50 voucher Darklands merchandise

1st runner-up

• Madness Pass 2024 by Darklands
• €25 voucher Darklands merchandise

2nd runner-up

• Madness Pass 2024 by Darklands
• €25 voucher Darklands merchandise

Prizes may be added to this list – check our website for updates.


Coming soon




Contest info

Bootblack services:
hours coming soon
Bootblack station @ market

Contest on stage:
coming soon