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Tooby Blues – Australia Day Weekend

The inaugural Tooborac Blues & Roots Festival takes place from Friday 26 Jan through Sunday 28 Jan. The festival will be held across 3 great locations: McIvor Estate Winery, Merindoc Cellar Door, & The Tooborac Hotel & Brewery.

We predict big things for this festival in the years to come. Get in on the ground level in 2018!
Check out the program at this link: http://www.toobyblues.com.au/#program

Tooby Blues – Australia Day Weekend 2018-01-17T21:12:16+00:00

2018 Artist & Venue Applications Open

Artist & Venue applications are now open for the 2018 Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival to be held on the 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th November.

If you are an artist wishing to participate in the 2018 festival, please submit your application here.

If you are a Central Victorian venue wishing to host acts for the 2018 festival, please submit your application here.

Applications will close on March 31 2018 without exception.

2018 Artist & Venue Applications Open 2018-01-03T12:00:03+00:00

Summer Showcase Fundraiser!

After another bumper Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival in 2017, this year’s supporting events will again be limited in number but packed with even more fresh talent and brilliant music, at some of our favourite local venues – starting with the first Showcase/Fundraiser event of the new year at The Rifle Brigade Hotel on Sunday Feb 25th.

The packed list of acts to perform at this Showcase event includes some of Bendigo’s best, along with some fresh faces from the larger blues, soul, jazz and original music circuits who’ve put their respective hands up to support our not-for-profit […]

Summer Showcase Fundraiser! 2018-01-03T11:16:39+00:00

Blues festival main event offers night of solid rock

Even if you are not familiar with the name “Shane Howard”, chances are you know his biggest hit, Solid Rock.

That song – his former band Goanna’s highest-charting track – is an Australian classic.

But 35 years after its release, Solid Rock serves as just a taste of Howard’s prolific songwriting talents and output.

Howard and his band are headlining the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival’s Main Event at Ulumbarra Theatre on Saturday, November 11.

The show is a perfect opportunity for dedicated fans of Howard and casual listeners alike to experience his vast songwriting catalogue – a collection that frequently […]

Blues festival main event offers night of solid rock 2018-01-03T11:18:13+00:00

Festival Snapshot

This year’s Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival showcases a diverse mix of local, national, and international talent.

Twenty thousand punters expected at this year’s festival – the seventh – will be treated to a mix of blues, folk, country, rock and world music.

Silent Garden make the trip to Bendigo from Chile. Singer-songwriter Maria Jesus Fresno came up with the concept of a ‘silent garden’ after a period of “searching and self-encounters of madness and peace, of chaos and calm”. The four-piece ‘deep pop’ outfit will play four times at the festival, including an afternoon set in Hargreaves Mall […]

Festival Snapshot 2017-11-06T20:48:04+00:00

Festival pass offers enthusiasts easy way to ride

Looking to take your experience of the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival to a whole new level this year?

For the first time in the event’s history, blues and roots diehards can purchase a festival pass – The Easy Rider – which promises an exclusive meet-and-greet with Shane Howard, best seats in the house at ticketed events and much more.

This is an exciting new way to enjoy the seventh annual Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, which will feature more than 140 acts from Australia and overseas playing in some 50 venues over a four-day period from 

Festival pass offers enthusiasts easy way to ride 2017-11-05T20:22:01+00:00

Festival Preview

The seventh Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival is just two weeks away. An exciting, diverse weekend of music is in store for the 20,000 punters expected.

Over 140 artists – nearly half of them Bendigo Festival debutants – will perform in over 50 venues, ranging from the intimate Basement Bar, to the state-of-the-art Ulumbarra Theatre.

Once again, a Festival highlight will be the Saturday afternoon concert in Rosalind Park which features 13 acts, including world music ensemble Sol Nation, Geelong’s gutsy The Mojo Corner, Bendigo’s own Andrew Watts and Seed, and multi-genre 11-piece The Northern Folk. Ultra-talented troubadour Grim […]

Festival Preview 2017-11-06T21:02:05+00:00

2017 Festival TVC

Check out our TVC for the 2017 Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, with many thanks to our sponsor Dylan Fowler Design.

2017 Festival TVC 2017-10-14T11:00:20+00:00

Lily & King return to The Golden Vine

The inimitable Lily and King make a welcome return to Bendigo at the Golden Vine.

‘Quirky’ only goes partway to describing this fun, multi-talented duo – who happen to include a toy piano amongst their arsenal of instruments.

Lily and King have been charming Bendigo audiences for several years with their offbeat and highly entertaining gigs.

Citing influences as diverse as Billie Holiday and The Pogues, Lily and King put on a toe-tappingly catchy show; their music sitting somewhere between a 1940s nightclub routine and carefree, bohemian buskers. They’re in turn light-hearted, yet provocative, folky and bluesy, and earthy. They give […]

Lily & King return to The Golden Vine 2017-09-02T08:17:02+00:00