Well, we are into year 3 of BB & RMF and momentum is building nicely indeed. I’m extremely proud of the way the local music community – and Bendigo’s community as a whole – has gotten behind this truly grass-roots initiative.
It’s a home-grown music event in every sense of the word. And, believe me, we have acts contacting us every day from all over Australia (as well as a number of internationals) wanting to be part of our program… I only wish we could fit them all into the November program!
Much of our success in gathering such a head of steam in such a short time has been attributed to the supporting events we stage throughout the year, in the lead-up to the Festival itself in November. We’ve stepped it up substantially for 2013 and have lots more on the calendar for you to enjoy and to be part of. Our Fundraiser/Showcase events are attracting bigger names and we’re able to include many more local acts who are coming out of the woodwork, so these events are full of thrills and discoveries every time out. Please be sure to check the ‘Events’ page of our website to see what’s coming up. Visit our Facebook page and subscribe as well to be kept up-to-date with the many opportunities to enjoy top class live music while supporting BB & RMF.
I’d like to briefly acknowledge the sponsors who’ve confirmed their cash support for 2013: Bendigo Bank has once again kicked in to help keep the growth of the Festival on track, making this their third year of being our biggest corporate sponsor; Bendigo Community Telco has also continued their financial support, for which we are extremely grateful; Southern Bay Brew Co have commenced an exciting partnership with BB & RMF as a financial supporter and we look forward to working with them indefinitely, in co-operation with our mutual partner Bendigo Beer, who are integral to the success of our Festival; Mawby
Property have also thrown their support behind the Festival and we thank Darryn and the team for coming on board also; Our main event concert in particular is made possible with the financial and logistical assistance of City of Greater Bendigo’s Major Events team and we look forward to working with them on the centrepiece of our program again this year; COGB’s Tourism and Marketing areas have been brilliant in assisting us with getting the word out to more and more people from across Victoria and beyond, as evidenced by the amount of visitors we had from all over Australia last year.
We look forward to working with all the departments of COGB in 2013 who contribute in their own way to making the Festival itself possible.
If you’re looking to get your hands on some BB & RMF merchandise, be sure to check out the new online store at our website and place your order.
In the meantime, we hope to see you soon at one of our Showcase events or on the increasingly popular Blues Tram. Don’t forget, quality live music is around you every week – so don’t just peruse tunes on TV, on your ipod, or on the internet; get out amongst it in your own home town and be a part of the real thing!