About Us

The BOP Blues Club established in 2006, based in ROTORUA New Zealand, aims to promote Blues Music in the Bay of Plenty. Every year since 2011, BOP Blues has brought to Rotorua a Blues Festival that has attracted musicians and blues music lovers from all over New Zealand and Australia. In March 2022 Bop Blues Club proudly rebranded the festival to NZ Blues and BBQ Festival which will run during the last weekend of November, and will continue to run every year during this weekend.

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.


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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*Keep Blues music alive*

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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