RBC Bluesfest organizers today announced the initial line-up for their 2016 program. Confirmed acts to date include: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS; DURAN DURAN; BRAD PAISLEY; FUTURE; THE LUMINEERS; WOLF PARADE; BILLY IDOL; SAM HUNT; ALESSIA CARA; JOE JACKSON; SCHOOLBOY Q; THOMAS RHETT; NELLY; THE CULT; MADEON; THE HEAD AND THE HEART; NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS; CITY AND COLOUR; BRYAN FERRY; THE MONKEES; BRANDI CARLILE; JOHN FOGERTY; HALF MOON RUN; ZEDS DEAD; AWOLNATION; THE DECEMBERISTS; EARL SWEATSHIRT; BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS; COEUR DE PIRATE; CASHMERE CAT; JEFF ROSS; LINDSEY STIRLING; XXYYXX; THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH; COLEMAN HELL; FREDDIE GIBBS; PETER BJORN AND JOHN; SON LITTLE; HOLY FUCK; AMOS THE TRANSPARENT; AMANDA RHEAUME; BOY & BEAR; PUP; BROCK ZEMAN; YUKON BLONDE; THE WICKED MERCY; DZ DEATHRAYS; SAN FERMIN; THE PAUL DESLAURIERS BAND; DEBAUCHE; WILD CHILD; SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR; THE PEPTIDES; PIERRE KWENDERS; LINDSAY FERGUSON; BOMBINO; JILL ZMUD; TAL WILKENFELD; HARRISON “SWEETTASTE” KENNEDY; THE LONDON SOULS; THE JIMMY TRI-TONE BAND; ARCHER; GINGKOA; PITH AND THE PARENCHYMAS; TYLER KEALEY; DAVID GOGO; MONDAY I RETIRE; THE PAPER KITES; GRAND RIVER RAMBLERS; MEGHAN PATRICK; THE JESSE GREENE BAND; CRAIG CARDIFF; CASHTRO CROSBY AND DJ MES; PAUL JAMES; STEAMERS; JACK DE KEYZER; BROTHERS DUBE; PANDALÉON, among others soon to be confirmed.
“I’m extremely happy with how the program came together,” says the festival’s executive and artistic director Mark Monahan. “With this year’s line-up, RBC Bluesfest remains one of the greatest showcases of international talent and an important platform for new and emerging acts.”
On-sale date(s) include 1-Day Presale: Thursday, February 25 at 10 a.m. (Ends atmidnight.)
Tickets available: Youth Festival Wristband, Adult Festival Wristband, The Grand Club VIP Pass. (Parking and The Big Chill VIP Upgrade will also be available as add-ons.)
General Onsale: Friday, February 26 at 10 a.m. All ticket-types available, including day passes, Pick-3, Pick-5, Metropolitain VIP Zone, etc. See www.ottawabluesfest.ca/ for more details.
RBC Bluesfest runs from July 7 to 17. The festival site at LeBreton Flats Park offers a wide variety of food and merchandise concessions and is fully licensed. Check the website for more to come in the weeks ahead.