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Easter Blues Bender 2018

Easter Blues Bender returns again this Easter weekend in Bendigo. It began with Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival (BB&RMF) involved acts being invited to play at the annual Bull Street concert and has grown and evolved, hosted by a multitude of venues, along with spots on the Bendigo Easter Festival program in Rosalind Park, thanks to City of Greater Bendigo's Major Events team. Asked why the BB&RMF team work to put the Blues Bender program on when they've got an imposing workload already, festival director Colin Thompson suggests it's silly not to; "There's so much activity and [...]

Easter Blues Bender 2018 2018-03-27T18:17:36+00:00

Blues Tram & Underground Banquet

BBRMF are proud to partner with Melbourne Food & Wine Festival again in 2018 to present two Blues Tram & Underground Banquet events. Immerse yourself in the everyday of Bendigo's community, cruise past historic streetscapes aboard the Bendigo Blues Tram, while experiencing an up-close-and-personal performance, from two of Victoria’s finest contemporary artists, before returning to our local ‘rock star’ restaurant for Friday dinner or Sunday lunch. Begin with a beverage at ‘Rocks’, before ambling down to the Bendigo Blues Tram to enjoy the sublime music talent of the first artist then return to the restaurant, to feast on [...]

Blues Tram & Underground Banquet 2018-03-05T16:45:05+00:00

Monthly Blues Tram for 2018!

In case 2018 wasn't full of enough bluesy goodness already, our famous Blues Tram will be hitting the rails on the second Saturday of every month this year, and it all kick off this weekend with Julian James as well as Alawishus Jones & The Outright Lies! Book yourself a ride here: https://www.bendigotourism.com/bendigo-blues-tram

Monthly Blues Tram for 2018! 2018-01-10T07:37:50+00:00

2018 Artist & Venue Applications Open

Artist & Venue applications are now open for the 2018 Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival to be held on the 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th November. If you are an artist wishing to participate in the 2018 festival, please submit your application here. If you are a Central Victorian venue wishing to host acts for the 2018 festival, please submit your application here. Applications will close on March 31 2018 without exception. http://www.bendigobluesandroots.com.au/get-involved/artists/ http://www.bendigobluesandroots.com.au/get-involved/venues/

2018 Artist & Venue Applications Open 2018-01-03T12:00:03+00:00

Summer Showcase Fundraiser!

After another bumper Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival in 2017, this year's supporting events will again be limited in number but packed with even more fresh talent and brilliant music, at some of our favourite local venues - starting with the first Showcase/Fundraiser event of the new year at The Rifle Brigade Hotel on Sunday Feb 25th. The packed list of acts to perform at this Showcase event includes some of Bendigo's best, along with some fresh faces from the larger blues, soul, jazz and original music circuits who've put their respective hands up to support our [...]

Summer Showcase Fundraiser! 2018-01-03T11:16:39+00:00

Lily & King return to The Golden Vine

The inimitable Lily and King make a welcome return to Bendigo at the Golden Vine. ‘Quirky’ only goes partway to describing this fun, multi-talented duo – who happen to include a toy piano amongst their arsenal of instruments. Lily and King have been charming Bendigo audiences for several years with their offbeat and highly entertaining gigs. Citing influences as diverse as Billie Holiday and The Pogues, Lily and King put on a toe-tappingly catchy show; their music sitting somewhere between a 1940s nightclub routine and carefree, bohemian buskers. They’re in turn light-hearted, yet provocative, folky and bluesy, [...]

Lily & King return to The Golden Vine 2017-09-02T08:17:02+00:00

A Charm of Finches at The Old Church on the Hill

This Sunday, August, 6, award-winning teen sister duo Charm of Finches (Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes), from Melbourne, are celebrating the first birthday of their debut album, Staring at the Starry Ceiling, with a show at The Old Church on the Hill. The ‘dream-folk’ duo have been playing folk and roots festivals nationally since 2014, and this year won the prestigious Gill Rees Young Musicians Award at the National Folk Festival in Canberra. They have also earned plaudits from The Music magazine (“the music they make is affecting, and emotional“), and Tone Deaf (“gorgeous chamber pop”). Charms of Finches [...]

A Charm of Finches at The Old Church on the Hill 2017-08-04T13:59:33+00:00

Lloyd Spiegel drops in at the Old Church on the Hill

Bendigo holds good memories for Australian blues icon Lloyd Spiegel. “Bendigo was the first place I ever went outside of Melbourne to play, when I was 11. At that age, it felt like a 'tour'.” Spiegel told the Weekly. He reckons he’s now played here about 50 times. It’s not only gigs that bring him here though. “I go to Bendigo quite often without a guitar. It's been a favourite spot for me for many years to get away for a few days. In part that's because the blues is a strong genre there, so I feel at [...]

Lloyd Spiegel drops in at the Old Church on the Hill 2017-07-31T10:10:07+00:00

Easter Weekend Bendigo music highlights

Bendigo has a big weekend of music in store to complement the city’s other Easter festivities. The Easter Blues Bender features over 20 artists at venues across the city from Thursday evening through until Sunday. There are daytime family-friendly events in Rosalind Park and Lansell Gardens, and later evening events in some of the city’s bars and pubs. “It’s exciting to see so many great artists in Bendigo over the holiday weekend,” said Colin Thompson, Festival Director, Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, which has coordinated much of the mini-festival. On Good Friday, punters can enjoy some autumn [...]

Easter Weekend Bendigo music highlights 2017-05-06T13:15:46+00:00

Jagger’s Bendigo tour

The name Jagger will no doubt ring a bell for music fans of all ages. This weekend sees Chris Jagger, Mick’s younger brother, visit Bendigo to play three gigs. Remarkably, these gigs are Jagger’s only Australian dates. He plays at the Handle Bar in Mitchell Street tonight, Friday, March, 24. Tomorrow afternoon sees him play an intimate show on the Blues Tram. And to round off his ‘World Tour of Bendigo’, Jagger will play at the Rifle Brigade Hotel tomorrow night. He’d just played in New Zealand when I caught up with him last weekend. “Never having been [...]

Jagger’s Bendigo tour 2017-05-24T19:06:42+00:00