These are just a sample of the glowing testimonials from passengers on the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival’s latest outlet for enjoying the tunes: The Blues Tram, which enjoyed its maiden trip late last month. Two of Bendigo’s best attractions – its historic trams and fabulous music talent- will combine again on Saturday, October 27 with Josh Owen and Jimmy Williams providing the soundtrack for the Blues Tram’s second voyage from 2pm.
And don’t forget the trams start running again from from the second night of the festival – Friday, November 9, through to Sunday November 11 – where fans can enjoy a relaxed gourmet buffet meal before the tram’s departure from the Central Deborah Gold Mine from 7pm. The tram will leisurely roll through the streets of the city, taking a pit stop at the Joss House for desert, before turning back towards the mine.
Festival director Colin Thompson said the Blues Trams were a new initiative for the festival and not to be missed. ‘‘It combines up close and intimate live music with some of Bendigo’s best loved features,’’ he said. ‘‘These beautifully restored trams and the nostalgic ride through our picturesque city centre, with its breathtaking architecture and natural features, the Blues Tram offers a truly unique experience, which you simply won’t find anywhere else.’’
Tram Dates & Times:
Saturday, October 27: Josh Owen and Jimmy Williams. Tram departs at 2pm.
Friday November 9: Archer and Bones Blackwood. Tram departs at 7pm.
Saturday November 10: Jimmy Hocking and Talisa Jobe. Tram departs at 2pm.
Saturday November 10: Stringybark McDowell and Andrew Higgs. Tram departs at 8pm.
Sunday November 11: Josh Owen and Mike Elrington. Tram departs at 1pm.
Sunday November 11: Genevieve Chadwick and Dave Diprose. Tram departs at 4pm.
*Each trip takes approximately one and a half hours
Tickets are limited and can be purchased from the Visitor Centre on 5434 6060. $29 for the October 27 trams, $65 for all other trams, with no concessions and are non transferable, available only for the day and time selected. Drinks will be available from festival partner Bendigo Beer before departure. Strictly no BYO