In February, the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival is a true celebration and reflection of the blues and roots scene in Bendigo, the country and the world.
The countdown is finally on for the festival which sees the humble town of Bendigo embracing thousands of music lovers, with the tenth Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival this summer.
The beloved festival will present its four-day program in the heat of summer next year, from February 10 to 13 for its postponed tenth edition, which was originally scheduled to take place in November 2020 and then again in November 2021.
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Proudly supported by Visit Victoria and the City of Greater Bendigo, the festival is a primarily free community event that gives music fans and community members the opportunity to enjoy world-class music, with an emphasis on local and independent talents from the blues and roots genres.
Since its debut in 2011, founded by Colin Thompson and a dedicated team of music lovers, the festival has become synonymous with creating a warm, friendly and artistic vibe among patrons, strolling the street from place to place, listening to music from all directions and have so many options and such amazing talent. This sense of “community” also evolved between the musicians, some of whom have performed almost every year and others who may never have been to Bendigo before. That’s what makes this festival so great, really… it’s a Bendigo thing.
The four-day event will again be filled with performances, open mic opportunities, jam sessions and workshops – by over 100 artists from across Australia (as well as some internationals) – conducted in over 30 locations across Bendigo and some surrounding areas. From hotels to street parties, cafes to parking lots and the famous art gallery, music will take over the streets from Eaglehawk to Kangaroo Flat, and all the way to Ravenswood, Chewton, Cornella and Maldon, uniting the local community and the merchants while showcasing the arts district of Bendigo, CBD and culture.
Along with a treasure trove of discoveries, a few worthy mentions of the lineup’s first announcement include young blues artist Charlie Bedford, funky blues man Buddy Knox and his Blues Band, Melbourne soul, funk and blues group Rambal (formerly known as Justin Yap Band), Melbourne-based singer-songwriter, guitarist and slide player Anna Scionti Trio, local singer-songwriter Sherri Parry, soulful blues duo The McNaMarr Project, the Soulful multi-instrumentalist, barefoot Daniel Aaron, and New Zealand-born awardee Kerryn Fields, Melbourne-based solo artist.
Regardless of your musical beliefs, the lineup clearly covers a number of genres including blues, jazz, funk, folk to indie, with some artists who have performed at the festival before and others making their mark. debut at Bendigo – and that’s just the first announcement.
A highlight will, of course, be the central, friendly and family-friendly one-day concert featuring over a dozen major acts in Bendigo’s picturesque Rosalind Park on Saturday, February 12, 2022. The community-driven environment, the historic scenery and atmospheric charm of the main The concert always draws many music lovers, with punters encouraged to bring a picnic mat and chairs and enjoy a day lazing in the sun under the 120 year old leafy trees while discovering your new favorite artist. Great food, local wine, beer, and cider are also available for purchase on site, so once you’ve got your spot on the grass you’ll be ready for the rest of the day.
The team is still in the process of delivering a full line of stellar products, so for updates, head over to the website!
The announcement of the first round is huge, so take a deep breath:
Alawishus Jones and outright lies
Anna Scionti trio
Ben J. Carter
Bendigo Ukulele Group
Bonnie Kay and the Bonafids
Brent James Turner
Buddy knox blues
Chris De Araugo
David Blight with Mick Kidd
Elena B. Williams
Harry Coulsons Blue Dogs
Fitz & Cara Hat
Jesse Morris Band
La Fiaba String Quartet
Leslie D. King and the tremors
Louie and pride
Pete Cornelius Band
“The Piano Magician” Andrew Farrell
Rattlin ‘Bones Blackwood
Shea Laoise Music
Son of the Blues
The Blues Darts aka The Ellroys
The deans of the soul
The Devils Gami Gami
The McNaMarr project
Tony J. King
Union Street Blues Club
Serving up four days packed with music, talent, art, community and fun for the whole family, the festival is a true celebration and reflection of the blues and roots scene in Bendigo, the nation and the world.
The Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival takes place from February 10 to 13, 2022. Further information on the festival is available via bendigobluesandroots.com.au.