Bendigo Blues Festival to postpone this year

The Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival will postpone this year’s 10th anniversary event.

The organising committee say the introduction of stage 3 restrictions across Victoria made it impossible to go ahead this year, with new dates set for November, 2021.

“It’s obviously disappointing, that after 9 straight years, our 100 per cent volunteer run festival needs to go on ice, due to the global pandemic,” festival director Colin Thompson told the Bendigo Advertiser.

“It’s been heartbreaking to witness the effect COVID-19 restrictions has had on our partner venues, the many hospitality workers out of work, and of course the artists that we love to work with, whose careers are basically on hold, until live gigs as we know them are a reality again.

“I have complete faith we will be back in 2021 – bigger and better than ever.”

Thompson said the committee had “explored every contingency” to try and make this year’s event work but to no avail.

“While our team will miss staging Bendigo’s biggest home-grown music festival this November, we know this is the right decision and we thank everyone for their continued support of live local music,” he said.

“We look forward to welcoming you back to our great region soon.”