The Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival is set to take over the town from November 3 to 6, with hundreds of performances being staged across more than 40 of Bendigo’s finest live music venues and public spaces. But before that happens, the festival crew need your support with one last fundraising event, this time to be held back where these events first started: The Newmarket Hotel & Bakery.
After two stupendous Showcase/Fundraiser events in 2016 for Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival (at the Rifle Brigade Hotel and Golden Vine Hotel respectively) the crew’s Spring edition will be staged back where it all began. Festival Director Colin Thompson explains: “We staged our first fundraiser in October 2010 at the beloved Newmarket Hotel and we’re stoked to be staging this event at the newly renovated Newmarket Hotel & Bakery.” The final BB&RMF fundraiser for 2016 will be staged Sunday 18 September, with the live tunes kicking off from 12pm and finishing around 7:30pm.
The packed list of acts confirmed to perform across two stages includes some of Bendigo’s best, along with some fresh faces from the Victorian blues circuit, who’ve all put their respective hands up to support the not-for-profit community music festival. The line-up includes: This Way North (Melb), Cameron Holmes & The Blues Dudes (Kyneton), Mon Shelford Duo (Melb), Sean McConnell from White Lightning (Melb), Luke Watt (Castlemaine), Phil & Trudy Edgely (Ballarat), Andrew Watts & SEED, Midweek Blues, Tulli, Andy Garlick, Sherri Parry, Four Lions (Duo), Dark and Gravy Boat (featuring young guns Rhyley McGrath & Geordi Scarce).
As always, these artists are generously donating their time and talents, as do the Festival’s volunteer committee and crew, to help pay for the Festival itself, to be held on November 3-6, 2016.
To continue to fund this predominantly free festival, your support and assistance is needed. So spread the word and bring a posse to the Newmarket Hotel & Bakery on September 18 and keep supporting Bendigo’s music scene which has seen a heartening resurgence over the last half decade.
Tickets for this event are available at the door on the day and are $15 for adults, $5 for under-18s (with under-12s free).