“Our live music scene is now one to be envied - and that’s not my opinion, that’s what I hear from everyone who comes and experiences Bendigo for themselves.” Colin Thompson - Director, Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival"
The grass is bluer in Bendigo. From humble grass root beginnings to the emerging music scene that is blues and roots, Bendigo is fast becoming known for its unique blues scene. You can slip into a laneway, step into a church or descend a staircase to below street level to experience the blues.
It all started in 2011 when local musos launched the first annual Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival. The community event gave music fans and the community the opportunity to enjoy world-class music, with a focus on local and independent talent from the blues and roots genres. And it hasn’t looked back since. The festival transforms the city’s parks, streets and pubs into one citywide live music venue, there is barely a pocket of the city streets un-touched by music. Colin Thompson, Festival Director says, “Our live music scene is now one to be envied - and that’s not my opinion, that’s just what I hear from everyone who comes and experiences Bendigo for themselves.”
Our favourite? The Blues Tram, a combo of two of Bendigo’s best attractions - its historic trams and sublime music talent. The trams have been a big hit with music lovers so far, and Colin said the trams were not to be missed: “The Blues Tram offers a truly unique experience, which you simply won’t find anywhere else.”
Many Bendigo venues embrace our Blues scene and have their own live performance schedule throughout the year. Be sure to check them out while you are here.