About Us


The Bop Blues Club are very privileged and honored to have The fabulous Midge Marsden as our Patron. Keith Douglas “Midge” Marsden’s career spans four decades he has played thousands of concerts to countless people. He has performed with a list of artists that reads like a definitive Who’s Who of New Zealand. He has travelled extensively all over the world playing with the greats.

In 1990 he was voted New Zealand Entertainer of the year and in 2006 he was awarded the NZ Order of Merit becoming Sir Midge Marsden, New Zealand ambassador of the blues.

 Midge performed with his great band at the Rotorua Blues Festival in 2019.


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The BOP Blues Club aims to promote Blues music in the Bay of Plenty. Established in 2006, is based in Rotorua New Zealand. Club/Jam nights are held at the Rotorua Citizen Club 1146 Rangiuru Street, 3010 on the first Wednesday of the month. This is a great opportunity to network with others who love the Blues, both Musicians and Enthusiasts.

Bop Blues Club puts on the very popular annual Rotorua Blues Festival. This Festival has been running since 2011 and attracts Blues Bands and enthusiasts from all over New Zealand and Australia. The Festival usually ran over the Queens Birthday in June but was postponed to October 2020 due the COVID Pandemic and successfully held over the Labour Weekend on the 22-25th October 2020. The BOP Blues Club Committee is planning to again have the Festival in October 2021, taking into account the Covid19 restrictions that might be in place. 

Objectives of the Bay of Plenty Blues Club

  • To promote and further the playing, performance, enjoyment and study of Blues music by way of concerts, public performances, tuition, encouragement and support to Blues musicians of all ages and those interested in Blues
  • To nurture and develop Blues among young and aspiring musicians
  • To develop a network of people with a common interest in Blues music.

Download the Constitution

B.O.P Blues constitution amended – final

Postal address:

P.O. Box 1733, Rotorua, 3040.

Contact Phone: Di Riddel ( Secretary) 0279563105

Contact email: info@bopblues.co.nz