THE sun was shining, musical instruments were singing, and Bendigo’s city centre was abuzz with activity this afternoon.
Word of the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival drew visitors from near and far to the city’s venues.
Joan Belle was enjoying Saturday afternoon’s program from the comfort of a picnic chair under one of the proud, old trees in Rosalind Park.
She and her companion had come from Geelong for a few days.
“We wanted to go away this weekend,” Ms Belle said.
“The music was a big attraction.”
They were among the attendees enjoying the performances in the Gold Dust Lounge, in the basement of the Shamrock Hotel, and at The Exchange on Friday night.
“We really enjoyed it,” Ms Belle said.
From the centrally-located venues – convenient for those travelling without private transport – to the food stalls lining the walkways while the music played in Rosalind Park, they were impressed.
“I think next year we’ll come back and stay a couple of nights,” Ms Belle said.
They’re likely to bring a few friends along next time, too.
For Bendigo musician Dan Simons, the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival is the best weekend on the city’s social calendar.
“A lot of my family really enjoys it as well,” he said.
Mr Simons has been a loyal festival-goer for years, and now features as part of the line-up.
He, bandmate Alex Murphy and a friend invested the time before their set at Vault Eatery in Rosalind Park in appreciating the talents of others.
Mr Simons spent Friday night watching Albury-born, Melbourne-based band The Northern Folk at the Golden Vine Hotel – a gig he said was awesome.
The Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival runs until Sunday evening and incorporates more than 150 acts at 50 venues. The festival offers both ticketed and free events.
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