Put your hand up to play

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 23-Apr-2014

Colin Thompson
Aspiring artists wishing to perform as part of this year’s Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival have until the end of April to get their applications in.

Interest has been far-reaching and diverse with performers from all over Australia, and some internationals, formally expressing their interest in coming to Bendigo to play.

“This truly home-grown festival continues to grow its support base and will keep delivering an amazing array of musical talent for all age groups and all sectors of the community to enjoy,” festival director Colin Thompson said.

“Greater Bendigo council has demonstrated its recognition too.

“As well as increased in-kind support through partnership with Bendigo Tourism, the major events team has committed to triple their previous financial sponsorship, to assist with the many costs involved in staging and marketing a predominantly free music festival.”

Mr Thompson said Bendigo Bank has again confirmed its support.

“The consensus in the feedback provided from all directions is that our crew have so far delivered an event that’s way beyond reasonable expectations; especially considering we’re a group of volunteers running a quality music festival as a not-for-profit organisation,” Mr Thompson said.

“The most exciting thing for me has been witnessing the increased interest in live music over the past few years in Bendigo and the amount of live shows and festivals increasing.

“We’re literally coming together as a community to achieve great things that, on our own as individuals, we couldn’t possibly have tackled. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you’re into, if you look you’ll find it being staged on a regular basis in Bendigo.”

Applications are also open for blues guitarists aged 25 or less to be involved in the Lazenby Young Blues Guitarist Award – the first official heat of which will be held as part of BB & RMF’s next Showcase event at the Rifle Brigade Hotel on Sunday, May 25 from noon.

Following on from the recent successes of the first Rock In The Vines festival staged in March, the Rifle Brigade Hotel is hosting Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival’s fourth Showcase event of the year also on Sunday, May 25.  

“There will be live tunes from BB & RMF featured acts, performing in the car park and in the Al Fresco area on View Street, from noon through till 7.30pm.

“Once again the performers are donating their time and talents to help fund BB & RMF.  Admission is only $10 per adult to enjoy up to 14 brilliant acts.”

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