UPDATE, MARCH 29: Bluesfest says a “major addition” to the Bluesfest line-up will be announced on Monday morning at 10:00am. They posted a teaser video (below) featuring Bluesfest director Mark Monahan. The Ottawa Citizen’s Peter Simpson thinks the major addition will be Kanye West.
UPDATE, MARCH 23: Here’s the official press release with the line-up from Bluesfest
March 23: Several media outlets are reporting about a possible leak of the Bluesfest line-up today on the web site http://bluesfest.mediaplusadvertising.ca/. Mediaplus is a local ad agency. Soundcheck Entertainment says they found the information via a Google search.
The Ottawa Citizen reports: “Bluesfest organizers say this list is a few days old and contains out of date information. They add the some of the acts may not have been signed to appearance contracts.”
Here’s a response from Bluesfest on their Twitter feed:
Hey RBC Bluesfest fans! Stay tuned, we'll be issuing a statement this evening clarifying the media reporting and providing more information.
— RBC Bluesfest Ottawa (@ottawabluesfest) March 23, 2015
The unofficial line-up, as per the leaked/unofficial information:
Full Flex Express (Skrillex and Diplo)
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Hoodie Allen, Kira Isabella, Juan de Marcos and The Afro-Cuban Allstars, Bobby Bazini, Ronnie Baker Brooks
Chance the Rapper
Marianas Trench, Hawksley Workman, Kim Simmons and Savoy Brown, Parker Millsap, Jungle by Night
Porter Robinson, Nas, Alvvays, The Growlers, Shakey Graves, Francesco Yates, Skylar Spence, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, The Kinsey Report, Family Of The Year
Willie Nile, Richard Thompson, The Glorious Sons, Tribal Seeds, The Obgms, Hat Fitz & Cara, Sticky Fingers, Pony Girl, Joe Gaspar Band, Silvergun And Spleen, The Visit, Bosveld
Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, John Butler Trio, Future Islands, Brantley Gilbert, Operators, Metz, Antibalas, Hamish Anderson, Gold And Marrow, The Haig, New Swears, The Lucas Haneman Express
Run The Jewels, The Gaslight Anthem, Black Mountain, Walter Trout, Flight Distance, Bella Cat, Grime Kings, Current Swell, Winchester Warm
Paul Oakenfold, Mother Mother, Dallas Smith, Donovan Woods, Bluestone And The Memphis Moonshine, Ilan Bluestone, Lurrie Bell, Fet.nat, Hilotrons
The Tragically Hip
Dropkick Murphys, Purity Ring, Bahamas, Canned Heat, Little Big Town, Lowell, The Yips, Drew Nelson
Interpol, Logic, Milky Chance, G-eazy, De La Soul, Lowrider Band, Scott Helman, Buck N Nice, Myers Brothers Band, K.I.D., Brandon Allan, Musk Ox, Nick Moss, TJ Wheeler
We are still months away from when the acts will be unveiled, but we’ve already seen a couple of people asking about Bluesfest rumours. Bluesfest runs from July 9-19, 2015 at Lebreton Flats.
We’ll leave our comments open here for you to tell us:
1. What acts would you like to see at Bluesfest this year?
2. Based on tour schedules, what acts are possibilities?
— RBC Bluesfest Ottawa (@ottawabluesfest) March 10, 2015
- Keith Urban is confirmed, will play on July 16.
- Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed on Pollstar for July 14.
- Weird Al’s tour dates have been confirmed and he’s playing Bluesfest on July 19. (Thanks Stephanie.)
- The Ottawa Citizen’s Peter Simpson notes that U2’s tour dates would allow for an Ottawa show in July … but that most of their tour dates are arena shows. U2 plays Toronto July 6-7 and Boston July 10-11.
- The Foo Fighters play Toronto on July 9, and have a window in their schedule until July 15 when they play in New York City.
- Taylor Swift plays Canadian Tire Centre on July 6, so she’s out for Bluesfest.
- In the comments below, Ray Kenkel has identified a few artists with breaks in their touring schedules around Bluesfest: Kenny Chesney, Fallout Boy, Billy Joel, Thousand Foot Krutch.
- The Big Music Fest in Kitchener runs from July 10-12 and features names like Jane’s Addiction, Rod Stewart, Blondie, and Soundgarden. (Thanks Alex.)
- The Wayhome Festival in Oro-Medonte (near Barrie) runs from July 24-26 and headliners include Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J, Modest Mouse, Hozier and more. (Thanks Francis.)
- Tim McGraw has a break in his tour during Bluesfest. (Thanks Riley.)
- Blue Rodeo may have revealed a July 19 Bluesfest date on their web site, at least temporarily.
Local musicians take note – the deadline to apply to play at this year’s event is January 31. Details here…