Excitement is building around the first ever Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, set to entertain a wide audience over three big days from November 25.
The festival will feature performances and workshops at various venues and locations throughout Bendigo and surrounding towns, peaking on Saturday November 26 with a day-long family friendly concert where 18 acts will appear on two stages in picturesque Rosalind Park.
Local musician and event founder Colin Thompson is promising an inclusive atmosphere, saying, “This event will be one that everyone can enjoy, beyond just the usual festival-goer. We especially want to ensure our festival encourages families to feel comfortable bringing the kids along to experience the thrill of live music.”
With many renowned artists including Josh Owen, Geoff Achison, Andrea Marr, Nick Barker and Lloyd Spiegel (amongst many other great acts) set to converge on Central Victoria, Mr Thompson said, “I’m equally excited about the chance to shine a light on some of the amazing talent that’s right here in our region.”
City of Greater Bendigo Major Events Manager John Rossi said the festival promises to be a big winner for Bendigo. “Bendigo needs a new major music festival to help promote local artists,” he said. “The City of Greater Bendigo is very supportive of the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival and we will continue to work with the festival committee over the coming years to build it even more. “This festival will be a great attraction not just for locals, but for many visitors who come over the three days.”
Mr Thompson agreed, stating, “One of our goals is to showcase Bendigo to new visitors; it’s a thriving regional city bursting with possibilities and, we believe, a blossoming arts hub for Victoria.”