Press Releases


The Bendigo Blues & Roots crew are hosting two fan favourites on their April Blues Tram, Emilee South and Jarrod Shaw! Enjoy the sights of Bendigo’s architecturally stunning CBD from on board the sensationally restored vintage W Class tram, while being serenaded by two great acts:   Emilee South: With powerful vocals and fierce guitar playing, Emilee South hollers throwback rock’n’roll, with hints of voodoo, unrequited love, and small-town guilt. Following her first release, ‘Aloha, Au Revoir’, Emilee has been touring as a two-piece, with baritone-slinging Matt Dixon. The pair have been making interstate debuts with shows & [...]


The Bean Project & More!

Melbourne’s award-winning, brass-clad quintet The Bean Project are touring the country in support of 'Naked Trees' throughout 2018. From the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia come The Bean Project, a vibrant brass-folk quintet blending the raw sounds of folk, jazz and singer-songwriter - most aptly described as 'the odd marriage of James Taylor and The Cat Empire'. In 2014 The Bean Project emerged as a duo, making a name for themselves playing locally, touring the east coast, then releasing their debut EP in 2015. The Bean Project were named the Folk Alliance of Australia’s 2016 Artist of the [...]

The Bean Project & More! 2018-04-03T18:50:01+00:00

Harry Manx ‘Faith Lift’ tour hits Bendigo

Canadian Harry Manx has been one of the most successful international touring musicians ever to grace stages in Australia. He will be returning in 2018 to perform at Port Fairy Folk Festival , The Blue Mountains Music Festival and Byron Bluesfest as well as side shows in Sydney ,Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth. This deeply original multi-instrumentalist has entertained audiences in more than 10 extensive tours since 2001. The explanation is simple. Harry’s created his own genre, often referred to as the ‘Mystissippi Blues’. His mesmerizing sound is an organic fusion of eastern musical traditions with the [...]

Harry Manx ‘Faith Lift’ tour hits Bendigo 2018-02-17T13:52:37+00:00

Summer Showcase Program

Check out the stellar lineup for our first 2018 showcase & fundraiser! Balcony Stage Time Artist 11:30am - 12:15pm Rhyley McGrath 12:30pm - 1:15pm Sarah Wilkinson 1:30pm - 2:15pm Luke Harrington 2:30pm - 3:15pm Mezz Coleman & Byron Siren 3:30pm - 4:15pm Wilson & White 4:30pm - 5:15pm Grim Fawkner 5:30pm - 6:15pm Jess Parker Car Park Stage Time Artist 12pm - 12:45pm Urban Creatures 1pm - 1:45pm Sherri Parry 2pm - 2:45pm Alawishus Jones & The Outright Lies 3pm - 3:45pm The Flannos 4pm - 4:45pm Electric Blues Collective 5pm [...]

Summer Showcase Program 2018-02-05T14:56:41+00:00

Tooby Blues – Australia Day Weekend

The inaugural Tooborac Blues & Roots Festival takes place from Friday 26 Jan through Sunday 28 Jan. The festival will be held across 3 great locations: McIvor Estate Winery, Merindoc Cellar Door, & The Tooborac Hotel & Brewery. We predict big things for this festival in the years to come. Get in on the ground level in 2018! Check out the program at this link:

Tooby Blues – Australia Day Weekend 2018-01-17T21:12:16+00:00

Blues festival main event offers night of solid rock

Even if you are not familiar with the name “Shane Howard”, chances are you know his biggest hit, Solid Rock. That song – his former band Goanna’s highest-charting track – is an Australian classic. But 35 years after its release, Solid Rock serves as just a taste of Howard’s prolific songwriting talents and output. Howard and his band are headlining the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival’s Main Event at Ulumbarra Theatre on Saturday, November 11. The show is a perfect opportunity for dedicated fans of Howard and casual listeners alike to experience his vast songwriting catalogue – [...]

Blues festival main event offers night of solid rock 2018-01-03T11:18:13+00:00

Festival Snapshot

This year’s Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival showcases a diverse mix of local, national, and international talent. Twenty thousand punters expected at this year’s festival – the seventh – will be treated to a mix of blues, folk, country, rock and world music. Silent Garden make the trip to Bendigo from Chile. Singer-songwriter Maria Jesus Fresno came up with the concept of a ‘silent garden’ after a period of “searching and self-encounters of madness and peace, of chaos and calm”. The four-piece ‘deep pop’ outfit will play four times at the festival, including an afternoon set in [...]

Festival Snapshot 2017-11-06T20:48:04+00:00

Festival pass offers enthusiasts easy way to ride

Looking to take your experience of the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival to a whole new level this year? For the first time in the event’s history, blues and roots diehards can purchase a festival pass – The Easy Rider – which promises an exclusive meet-and-greet with Shane Howard, best seats in the house at ticketed events and much more. This is an exciting new way to enjoy the seventh annual Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, which will feature more than 140 acts from Australia and overseas playing in some 50 venues over a four-day period [...]

Festival pass offers enthusiasts easy way to ride 2017-11-05T20:22:01+00:00

Spreading the Blues

Ahead of the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival’s Winter Showcase on July 16, Queensland singer-songwriter Tasha Zappala explains why she keeps coming back to the city. Briefly describe your music and your musical journey so far I started playing guitar when I was about eight, then singing, travelling and performing for the last five years. I went to South America twice, Europe, the UK, New Zealand and just keep doing laps of Australia. What has been your involvement with the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival in the past? I have performed at Bendigo Blues and Roots [...]

Spreading the Blues 2017-06-27T09:42:43+00:00

Bendigo Blues & Roots ‘unique on the festival circuit’

Ahead of the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival’s Winter Showcase on July 16, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Matt Katsis talks about the strong sense of community among musicians who play the annual festival. Briefly describe your music and your musical journey so far I’m a singer-songwriter and guitarist and play a mix of blues/roots and folk music. I make use of live looping and the percussive elements of the acoustic guitar to build up song forms and approach my live playing as a one-man band with foot percussion like kick drum and tambourine. The sound is evolving, as is [...]

Bendigo Blues & Roots ‘unique on the festival circuit’ 2017-06-27T09:36:05+00:00