BENDIGO Blues and Roots festival director Colin Thompson has praised Steve Saxton for having the initiative to put another festival onto Bendigo's calendar.
Local musician Mr Saxton plans to hold a family-friendly rock festival Rockin the Vines at the Big Hill Winery on March 9 next year.
Mr Saxton said he asked Mr Thompson for advice in the early days of planning the new event.
Never lose sight of your reasons for starting the project.
Mr Thompson said he told Mr Saxton to start slowly, seek help from others and never lose sight of his reason for starting the project.
"The point I tried hardest to stress to Steve from the get-go was to remember to ensure you’re providing benefit to the local music scene and the local community.
"It's important never to lose sight of your reasons for starting the project, which is to nurture a more locally-focused and supportive music culture."
Mr Thompson said he was "genuinely proud" to see the amount of music events springing up in Bendigo, including the recent Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.
"It shows that people are taking an interest in live music again and that venues, (City of Greater Bendigo) council and others recognise the value in creating and supporting our own home-grown events.
"It’s an exciting time to be involved in live music in central Victoria."
He urged the public to get behind the new festival, as it had to the blues festival.