Blues Fest 2019

Rotorua Blues Festival 2019

The Rotorua Blues Festival is held annually over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. The festival has been held most years since the club’s inception in 2006, when the festival was originally run as an “add on” to the Targa Rally that used to be held in Rotorua at the same time every year. When the Targa Rally changed its time table the Blues Festival became a standalone event on its own. The time of the year has been adhered to despite it essentially being winter one main reason being that this has traditionally been a quieter time of the year for Rotorua – even with the tourist destination that it is.

The BOP Blues Club strives to to the public attention local, national and International acts in the festival. In the past we have brought acclaimed artists to the festival such as Doug McLeod from the USA, Andy Phillips, Lloyd Spiegel, Michael Hocking, Isiah Brunt and Jan Preston from Australia.

This year we had 26 performance acts from around NZ and internationally. Our musical guests were Wizard & OZ, Rion Lydon, Andy Phillips and veteran performer Midge Marsden plus many more.

Feedback from the weekend

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Some of the highlights from this weekend were the spot prizes for some of our attendees and participants.

Festival Highlights

Special Thanks

To all our performers and support people who made this event such an experience for us here in Rotorua we really want to thank you all.

MC Extraordinaire

MERCIA DAWN YATES – Te Arawa/Rongowhakaata

Mayor of Rotorua

Mayor Stevie Chadwick

Hamilton Blue Society

A special mention to HBS for running one of our venues for this event. Some of our committee got to view some of your acts for the first time and were blown away by your professionalism and talented. Thank you organising this part of the festival for us. Nga mihi nunui

Blues Fest – Youth Workshop

Thanks to Rob Powley and Rotorua Intermediate, facilitators Wizard & OZ, Rion Lydon with the help of local blues musicians Peri Grant and Jimmy Murray gave some musician tips and tuition for the next generation of music learners.

*Keep Rotorua music Alive!*

Thank you to our sponsors for this event