THE success of Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival’s showcases is vital for the main event’s future, director Colin Thompson said.
The blues tram road the streets of Bendigo last Saturday, the final fund-raiser before November’s festival.
Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival director Colin Thompson said it was a difficult task funding the main festival.
“Putting on an all-day, free, family-friendly concert in Rosalind Park with no admission charge, is not a cheap exercise,” he said.
“Sponsorship is not easy to come by and our efforts at obtaining government funding over the last two years have unfortunately proven fruitless, regardless of the value of our festival to local business, tourism and the community as a whole.
“But we’re a resolute bunch and we believe in what we’re doing so we’re determined to build on the foundations we have laid and to keep this festival going long into the future.”
Mr Thompson said many people had gotten behind the showcases this year.
“The popularity of the Blues Trams has been slowly and steadily building,” he said.
“We’ve had an incredible amount of support this year from the music community and punters in general.
“These showcase events take a lot of effort on behalf of a lot of people, but people keep turning up and they keep asking for more.
“The venues who host our shows love it, as they get a great day’s entertainment and a trouble-free crowd who are there to enjoy good music and good company.”
Mr Thompson said the blues festival committee were frantically finalising the logistics of the November 7 to 10 event.
“We’re an organisation made up of time-poor volunteers, so it can be a bit stressful sometimes working to a strict timeline with so many aspects," he said.
"Somehow manage to pull it out of the fire and put on an event each year that Bendigo can be proud to call their own.”
A program is available online at www.bendigobluesandroots.com.au