Hello music lovers and welcome to the first ever Bluesletter, the official newsletter of the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival. Coming out each month, the Bluesletter will bring you up to speed on all the latest developments with Bendigo’s most exciting new music festival. The Bluesletter will also provide an insight into some the amazing acts who will play the BB&RMF in Rosalind Park on November 26.
The Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival went from long-held dream to beautiful reality in August last year, when it was officially incorporated as a not for profit organisation, complete with ABN, a TFN and all that other kind of official stuff.
To get the ball well and truly rolling, a BB&RMF Media Launch was held at the Basement Bar on September 11, where over $1000 was pledged. The launch attracted a heap of music fans over the course of the afternoon, who took in a variety of acts, including Michelle Meehan, The Mockbells, Lotus Lane, Twelve Inch Clocks and Urban Creatures.
Further boosting the festival coffers was a fundraiser concert at the Newmarket Hotel on Saturday October 9, which raised approximately $2500 through door takings and a raffle. The festival has also collected a $1000 Community Grant from The City of Greater Bendigo.
Importantly, the BB&RMF has built up an ever-expanding database of supporters through Facebook, MySpace, its PlanBig.com page and through a good old-fashioned mailing list.
Finally, since August last year the festival has also collected a number of outstanding and motivated individuals, who have jumped on board the festival’s committee, which includes Scott Seymour, Julius Porlai, Paul Haigh, Roy Lever and Colin Thompson. An official website is also in the works.
So all in all, everything is moving along nicely for Bendigo to take in 23 great acts in 12 hours on Saturday November 26 in Rosalind Park.