Let the 2012 Bluesfest rumours and speculation begin!


What better way to bring in the New Year than with some fresh Bluesfest speculation and rumours. Based on your comments below, some possible performers include:

  • Blue Rodeo is confirmed (but you can pretty much pencil them in for every year)
  • Coldplay (they’re on a North American tour this summer with no date yet in Ottawa)
  • Foster The People
  • Silversun Pickups
  • Steve Miller
  • Iron Maiden
  • The Beach Boys
  • Scorpions
  • Kiss
  • Boston
  • George Thorogood
  • Flaming Lips
  • John Mellencamp
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Metric

Keep in mind this is all speculative based on touring schedules and wishful thinking.  We’ll keep updating this list over the next few months until the official line-up is released.

Who would you like to see at Bluesfest this year?  Add your comments below!

See also: Ottawa Bluesfest Guide
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135 Responses

  1. sdunfield6 says:

    Bruce Springsteen!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Michael Bolton, or perhaps Right Said Fred.

  3. I think it is about time we had Jully Black here. She is amazing and a great community builder. She plays to sell out houses all over the world but again as a lot of Canada's best of the arts…we seem to ignore them here at home.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Rolling Stones and U2

  5. Anonymous says:

    Bring back the Black Keys for a real show. We were ripped off last time both due to the weather but so much planning. To be cut off 15 mins into a set because of the by-law and only letting them play to 11:30 was BS. We stood out in that rain for hour and half waiting because they would not make any announcements.

  6. Anonymous says:

    ColdPlay, Black Sabbath and the Eagles

  7. Anonymous says:

    Radiohead, MGMT and Tom Petty!!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Beirut is in Montreal July 17, maybe they'll hit Ottawa before that?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Entice Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush out of semi-retirement!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Black Keys have already been booked again.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Get Earth, Wind and Fire and my year will be perfect!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Steve Miller's site says he will be there on 7 July

  13. Anonymous says:

    Actually Steve Milers site lists July 7 as a completed 2011 date. The top line says 2012 dates TBA.

  14. Anonymous says:

    madonna had a good halftime show so i say bring her to bluesfest<br />I also want Coldplay

  15. Anonymous says:

    Ugly Kid Joe (yes they reunited), Owl Stretching/Saigon Kick/Matt Kramer

  16. Anonymous says:

    Tom Petty, Neil Young, Allman Brothers, Govt&#39; Mule and the Black Keys because I was one of the fools who left last year before they came on.

  17. Anonymous says:

    ryan montbleau band, galactic, rodrigo y gabriela

  18. Anonymous says:

    Three words (names).<br /><br />Dave.<br />Matthews.<br />Band.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Bring home to kick our ass the Pat Travers Band

  20. Anonymous says:

    bring back the black keys, naked and famous, sleigh bells, foster the people, silversun pickups, awol nation, coldplay, band of skulls, florence and the machine, wolf gang, m83, grouplove, bon iver, bush, jack white, shins, modest mouse, ok go… just to name a few, this would be a great show

  21. Anonymous says:

    FOO FIGHTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Bluesfest needs an awesome band like foo fighters or even weezer

  23. Anonymous says:

    Iron Maiden just announced NA tour with few dates open right around Bluesfest. Could be seeing them back here in July.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Iron Maiden has a gap in there tour between Montreal show on july 11 and there Toronto Show on july 13 whiach is bluesfest time so i think may do it. and al so george thorogood is touring this area around the same time.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Olé! Olé, olé olé! Maiden! Maiden!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Burton Cummings/Randy Bachman, Sass Jordan, Heart, Tom Cochrane, more Canadians

  27. Anonymous says:

    Firehouse<br />Rush <br />Naked and Famous

  28. Anonymous says:

    Dragonette, Naked and the Famous, Bon Iver, Iron and Wine, the XX and the Stars!!!

  29. Anonymous says:

    Foo Fighters would be great,saw them in Montreal last year they rocked for 2 1/2 hours.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band!!! Heartless Bastards, Joe Bonamassa or Black Country Communion, Drive By Truckers, John Cale, Lou Reed, Tragically Hip, Big Sugar or Grady, Van Halen, Ryan Bingam and The Dead Horses, Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart, Kenny Wayne Shephard, Heavy Trash, Dax Riggs, The Answer, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, J.P. Soars!!!! and I could go on and on and on… Pretty

  31. Anonymous says:

    What i would like to see:<br />M83, Mumford and Sons, Chase and Status, Skrillex again!,William Fitzsimmons, the XX, Dry the River, Aviici,Vampire weekend, Xaphoon Jones, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Frightened Rabbits, Handsome Fur, Bloc Party, Gotye, The rapture, Okkervile River (again), Justice, Elton John, Gregory Allan Isakof, Kaskade, Said The Whale, Ed Sheeran, Ott, Sigur Ros, Porter

  32. Anonymous says:

    Florence + the machine have a gap from the 14th of July to the 20th when they play in BC. <br /><br />Could they pull Alanis&#39; strings so she would play a show ?

  33. Anonymous says:

    Rage Against The Machine<br />Band of skulls<br />the black keys<br />jack white<br />bon iver<br />foster the people <br />silversun pickups<br />OFWGKTA<br />Born ruffians<br />The tragically hip<br />foo fighters<br />the kills<br />vampire weekend <br />arctic monkeys

  34. Anonymous says:

    PEARL JAM!!!!!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Iwould DIEEEEEEE for mgmt!!

  36. Anonymous says:

    again would be friggin&#39; excellent! 🙂

  37. Anonymous says:

    *Skrillex* would be kick ass!

  38. Anonymous says:


  39. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Some people like crappy music.<br /><br />death cab for cutie should be coming back due to last years epic stage collapse. It seems their tour schedule would accomodate this. Though I saw them after the drama last year and they looked terrified so maybe they will never return to Ottawa.<br /><br />A solid line up without dinosaur has beens would be a nice change.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Wiz khalifa, Curren$y, the eagles, steve millerband (alrdy coming!!) sleigh bells, neil young, J cole

  41. Anonymous says:

    i want BON IVER, mgmt, kid cudi, j cole, weeknd, wiz

  42. Music Lover says:

    A couple shows that are always good to see on a festival line up ….<br /><br />Galactic , Dumpsterfunk , John Butler Trio ,Franti and Spearhead , G Love and the Special Sauce , The Roots &#39;with a real hop hop set&#39;, Levon Helm , Gorgol Bordelo , Robert Randolph and the Family Band ,TOOTS ,Gomez , The Flamming Lips ,Big Sams Funky Nation ,The Slip ,Barr Brothers , Elliot Brood ,Hayden ,THE

  43. Anonymous says:

    Artists touring North America in 2012 are as follows! Some are nostalgic, some are blues legends and some seem to fit the bill.<br /><br />Alice Cooper <br />Arc Angels (Bramhall/Sexton)<br />Bad Company<br />Bob Dylan<br />Bonnie Raitt<br />Buddy Guy<br />Chicago<br />Chickenfoot (with Joe Satriani)<br />Colin James<br />Doobie Brothers<br />Iron Maiden <br />Jefferson Starship<br />Johnny

  44. Anonymous says:

    RHCP… With Frusciante. Yeah I know I&#39;m dreaming.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Re united Beach Boys have nothing planned from July 3 to 10. They end up in Virgina Beach on the 3rd and start up again on the 10th on the west coast.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Bands that are on tour and are hitting Canada or North America in July :)<br /><br />IRON MAIDEN w/ Alice Cooper<br /><br />SCORPIONS w/ Tesla<br /><br />KISS w/ Motley Crue<br /><br />BOSTON<br /><br />STEVE MILLER BAND<br /><br />GEORGE THOROGOOD

  47. Anonymous says:

    Bands that are on tour and are hitting Canada or North America in July :)<br /><br />IRON MAIDEN w/ Alice Cooper<br /><br />SCORPIONS w/ Tesla<br /><br />KISS w/ Motley Crue<br /><br />BOSTON<br /><br />STEVE MILLER BAND<br /><br />GEORGE THOROGOOD

  48. Anonymous says:

    Bands that are on tour and are hitting Canada or North America in July :)<br /><br />IRON MAIDEN w/ Alice Cooper<br /><br />SCORPIONS w/ Tesla<br /><br />KISS w/ Motley Crue<br /><br />BOSTON<br /><br />STEVE MILLER BAND<br /><br />GEORGE THOROGOOD

  49. Laura says:

    I would personallu love to see Smashing Pumpinks, Offspring, Sum41, Nightwish, The Shins and Pennywise.<br /><br />More realistically though, I suspect that we&#39;ll get the Scorpions (given that they just announced a show in Montreal on July 3rd)

  50. Anonymous says:

    I liked to see the Jiles Band

  51. Anonymous says:

    please bring Scorpions to bluesfest 2012….they are available July 4 and 5th…<br />Cheers, Tracy

  52. Anonymous says:

    Scrap Bon Iver…He&#39;s in Europe this summer. So is James Blake, unfortunately.

  53. Anonymous says:


  54. Anonymous says:

    Iron Maiden<br />Alice Cooper <br />Scorpions<br />KISS<br />Motley Crue<br />Def leppard<br />Poison<br />Chickenfoot<br />Aerosmith<br />Guns N Roses<br />Slash<br />Bad Company<br />Bachman &amp; Turner<br />April Wine<br />Doobie Brothers<br />Tom Petty<br />Tom Cochrane<br />Steve Miller<br />George Thorogood <br />Allman Brothers<br />Beach Boys<br />Elton John<br />tragically hip<br />

  55. Anonymous says:

    Sublime with Rome!<br />Black Keys!<br />Porter Robinson!<br />Miike Snow!<br />Calvin Harris!<br />Caribou!<br />Foo Fighters!<br />Bedouin Soundclash!<br />Of Montreal!<br />And pretty much every other band others have posted!

  56. Anonymous says:

    wiz khalifa!!! would b a great or rick ross or j.cole

  57. Anonymous says:

    Jack White<br />Beruit<br />Black Keys<br />Tom Jones<br />Silversun Pickups,<br />Coldplay<br />Sleigh Bells<br />Radiohead<br />Death Cab for Cutie<br />Tool<br />Alice Cooper<br />Bruce Springsteen<br />Tom Petty<br />Sigur Ros<br />Calexico<br />Korn<br />Iron Maiden<br />Sublime<br />No Use for A Name<br />Bad Religion<br />Good Riddance<br />System of a Down<br />Lamb of God<br />Aziz

  58. Anonymous says:

    Radiohead<br />The Tragically Hip<br />NIN<br />White Stripes<br />Black Keys

  59. Anonymous says:

    David Gilmour…..or, better still, Pink Floyd!!!!

  60. Anonymous says:

    Some Canadian content… <br /><br />Downchild Blues Band<br />Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush<br />Pat Travers Band<br />Colin James<br />Tom Cochrane<br />Monster Truck<br />Bachman &amp; Turner<br />April Wine<br />Loverboy<br />Triumph!!

  61. Anonymous says:

    Styx / REO Speedwagon / Ted Nugent

  62. Anonymous says:

    Same old same old. Es wäre schön, die Toten Hosen in Ottawa zu sehen. Hör auf mit dem alten kanadischen Scheiß!!

  63. John Mellencamp is going to be on tour this summer and he has dates in Sarnia, ON and Oshawa, ON in mid July… I think he could be a big possibility.

  64. Anonymous says:

    Don&#39;t understand why Florence + The Machine are on this list. She&#39;s overseas in July.<br /><br />Wouldn&#39;t be surprised if Dave Matthews Band opens the festival. They play in Buffalo the day before.<br /><br />May as well add Metric to the list. When do they not play Bluesfest? Plus, new album by them comes out in June.

  65. Anonymous says:

    Poison, Styx, Velvet Revolver, Foo Fighters, Guns N&#39; Roses, Sabastien Bach, Danko Jones, Scorpions, Kiss, Motley Crue, Black Sabbath, Ace Frehley, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Trooper, Rush, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, The Tea Party, Iron Maiden, Our Lady Peace, Cheap Trick, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Triumph, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Adam Lambert, Meatloaf, Quiet Riot, and AC/DC

  66. Anonymous says:

    Want: Lana Del Rey

  67. SLASH ENOUGH SAID Playing in Bellville on the 25of July get him to Ottawa for Blues fest!!!l

  68. Anonymous says:

    TOOL<br />I Mother Earth<br />NIN<br />Red Hot Chili Peppers<br /><br />Hell Get YANNI he&#39;ll blow people away!<br /><br />There are far too many bands that keep returning – be more creative :P<br /><br />And yet PRIMUS should return!<br /><br />Although to be fair to all genres why not have a Death Metal Showcase! One night!<br /><br />Suffocation<br />Morbid Angel<br />Cryptopsy<br />First

  69. Dan says:

    Given that Big Wreck has a new disc out this year, and their cross-Canada tour skips Ottawa in May, I&#39;ve gotta believe that they&#39;d be on the Bluesfest schedule somewhere.

  70. Anonymous says:

    Dave Matthews Band and Bon Iver

  71. Anonymous says:

    The Foos, no question.<br /><br />….and Jack White.<br /><br />….and the Arctic Monkeys.<br /><br />….and the Black Keys.

  72. Anonymous says:

    Flaming Lips should be an annual invite like Metric. The Lips have a new CD out next month and even said they&#39;d love to be an annual invite.<br />Would also love to see Dave Matthews, Jack White, Black Keys (we got ripped off last year), Radiohead (hey, I can dream…), Beirut, Tom Petty, Paul Weller, Frank Black and/or Pixies, Steve Wynn &amp; the Miracle 3, The Baseball Project, oh I could

  73. Anonymous says:

    Lynyrd Skynyrd<br />Aerosmith<br />Allman Brothers Band<br />Steve Miller Band<br />Tom Cochrane<br />Neil Young<br />ZZ Top<br />George Thorogood<br />Bachman &amp; Turner

  74. Anonymous says:

    Walk off the Earth

  75. Anonymous says:

    what&#39;s with all the 80&#39;s hair band talk on here? <br /><br />this is who SHOULD be added, due to relevance and awesomeness:<br /><br />first and foremost: THE WEEKND!<br /><br />2. OFWGKTA<br />3. Bon Iver<br />4. A$AP Rocky<br />5. Black Keys<br />6. M83<br />7. Sleigh Bells<br />8. Kendrick Lamar<br />9. Chromeo<br />10. A-Trak<br />11. MGMT<br />12. Washed Out<br />13. Neon Indian

  76. Anonymous says:

    Not sure who Paul Oakenfold is, but he is playing July 4th according to this website<br /><br />http://www.songkick.com/artists/498484-paul-oakenfold/calendar?page=3

  77. Anonymous says:

    Die Antwoord<br />Rick Ross<br />A$AP<br />Pac Div<br />Hodgey Beats<br />Tribe Called Red!!!!!!!<br />Ace Hood<br />Jeezy<br />Chris Brown<br />Wiz<br /><br />…not too realistic

  78. Anonymous says:

    …MGK<br />Yelawolf

  79. Chris says:


  80. Anonymous says:


  81. Anonymous says:

    Anybody for City and Colour/Dallas green?

  82. Anonymous says:

    Blue Öyster Cult!!!

  83. Anonymous says:

    Paul Oakenfold is booked for July 4th &gt; Evidence &gt; 1) http://www.facebook.com/Oakenfold?sk=events<br /><br />2) http://www.jambase.com/Artists/7926/Paul-Oakenfold/Shows<br /><br />21 days till the lineup is announced.. 😀

  84. Anonymous says:


  85. Anonymous says:

    Hey! If you love talking about Bluesfest you should join the conversations at the Ottawa Bluesfest Fan Page on Facebook! <br /><br />Your input would be appreciated 🙂

  86. Anonymous says:

    Jonny Lang is doing the Thunderbay Bluesfest Friday July 6, 2012 so I would say he is a possible for Ottawa.

  87. Anonymous says:

    Here is a couple more Tedeschi Trucks Band and Tyler Bryant both are playing Thunderbay Bluesfest in July.

  88. Anonymous says:

    Meat Loaf

  89. Anonymous says:

    the boner bums

  90. David Lavictoire says:

    Dave Lavictoire<br /> Where is David Wilcox. He&#39;s Canadian. He plays the blues. And he Boogies.

  91. Anonymous says:

    I MOTHER EARTH!!<br />They&#39;ve announced 2 summer festival shows already in Owen Sound and London so I&#39;m keeping my fingers crossed!

  92. Anonymous says:

    Mumford &amp; Sons<br />The Black Keys<br />(M&amp;S &amp; TBK mash-up show!)<br />Red Hot Chili Peppers<br />Paul McCartney <br />Ringo Starr<br />(Paul McCartney &amp; Ringo Starr tribute to the Beatles)<br />Foo Fighters<br />Van Halen<br />Billy Talent<br />Billy Idol<br />(Billy Idol &amp; Billy Talent mixed up duo-artist-show; would be very cool and different at the same time)<br />The

  93. Anonymous says:

    Foo Fighters or bust

  94. Anonymous says:

    Dirty projectors July 5 according to pitchfork

  95. Greg Jones says:

    Of Monsters And Men!!

  96. Anonymous says:

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds or Grinderman,Ron Sexsmith, Martha Wainwright,Eliza Doolittle, M.I.A., Junior Brown. Any one of these would be great.

  97. Anonymous says:

    David Gray. Billy Bragg

  98. Anonymous says:

    Bruce springsteen, David Wilcox and Bryan Adams

  99. Anonymous says:

    LMFAO and Aerosmith both have shows in Laval and Toronto. They both have open slots in their schedule that could fit the bluesfest lineup.

  100. Anonymous says:

    Nickelback. On tour and have a gap where bluesfest is. So they&#39;ll most likely be there

  101. Anonymous says:

    Coldplay, Tom Petty, U2 and Our Lady Peace will NOT be here folks but Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Alice Cooper, Colin James, Iron Maiden, The Black Keys, Buddy Guy are strong possibilities.<br /><br />Stay tuned!

  102. Anonymous says:

    The Black keys, Coldplay, Skrillex, Avicii, Steve Aoki, Gotye, OFWGKTA,Frank Ocean, Mike Posner, the Weeknd, Lana Del Rey, 2AM Club, Mumford &amp; Sons, Fun, Two Door Cinema Club, Foster the People, Chiddy Bang,

  103. Anonymous says:

    It&#39;s a return of the blues, FINALLY! <br /><br />Buddy Guy<br><br />Jonny Lang<br><br />Bonnie Raitt<br><br />Sonny Landreth<br><br />Colin James<br><br />38 Special<br><br />Tedeschi-Trucks Band<br><br />Colin James<br><br />Alice Cooper<br><br />Lynyrd Skynyrd<br><br />Primus<br><br />Bob Weir and Bruce Hornsby<br>

  104. Anonymous says:

    A day with Styx, Ted Nugent and REO Speedwagon looks like a strong possibility.

  105. Anonymous says:

    The constantly changing and ever evolving Corey Taylor fits in nicely. Black Keys and Foster The People too, PLS no Motley Crue or hair metal at all.

  106. Anonymous says:

    Steel Pulse and Primus are coming again.

  107. Anonymous says:

    Radiohead<br />Mumford and Sons<br />City and Colour/Dallas Green<br />MGMT<br />Dave Mathiews Band<br />Cold Play<br />OFWGKTA<br />Blink 182<br />Nappy Roots<br />Gotye <br />Wiz Kalifa <br />Florence and the MAchine<br />Girl Talk/ Super Mash Bros.<br />Avicci/Skrillex/Steve Aoki<br />Sublime with Rome<br />Ace hood<br />… i only wishhhhhh

  108. Anonymous says:

    I would love to see:<br /><br />Esthero, Youth Lagoon, Kathleen Edwards, Sharon Van Etten, Foster the People, City and Colour, Death Cab for Cutie, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Arcade Fire, Stars, Metric, Caribou, Kid Koala, Tokyo Police Club, Broken Social Scene. Would love to see more indie Canadian bands as well.

  109. Anonymous says:

    Yeah..lets bring Micheal Bolton..people need to go to the tulip festival to those guys ..this is a Rock fest people !<br />I would like to see Deep Purple or Uriah Heep becuase I am getting old and only older people support Blues fest becuase they can afford it..young kids spend their money on ecstasy and drugs. not tickets to shows..lol

  110. Anonymous says:


  111. Anonymous says:

    The Trews

  112. Anonymous says:

    Primuuuus !

  113. young the giant says:

    young the giant is confirmed, i met them when they were in town and they told me 🙂

  114. Unknown says:

    Keith Urban 🙂

  115. Laura says:

    Any chance we&#39;ll get Aerosmith (given that they&#39;ll be in Montreal and Quebec City at the time of Bluesfest)?<br /><br />And don&#39;t the Smashing Pumpkins have an album to tour soon?

  116. Anonymous says:

    Come on over Bruce Springsteen!

  117. Anonymous says:

    heard a wild rumour…paul oakenfold accidentally posted his tour date and it said july 4th – lebreton flats. I hope this one isn&#39;t a rumour 🙂

  118. Anonymous says:

    MGMT and Tame Impala are out with a record this fall and also playing Osheaga. Hopefully they&#39;ll stop at bluesfest? <br /><br />Of Montreal would be just AWESOME.<br /><br />Also The Dirty Projectors are playing. It says on Last.fm they&#39;re booked for Bluesfest.<br /><br />There&#39;s a big chance Dan Mangan is also playing!

  119. Anonymous says:

    Childish Gambino or Chiddy Bang would put on great shows

  120. AWESOME$ says:

    THE TREWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  121. Anonymous says:

    Black Keys are in Toronto on the 4th and in Montreal on the 5th!

  122. Anonymous says:

    David Gray and The Melvins website both say they will be playing Bluesfest.

  123. Anonymous says:

    Tupac Hologram

  124. Anonymous says:

    haha tupac hologram, Black Keys, Aerosmith, flaming lips, Boston, and young the giant are confirmed, i wanna see Iron Maiden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, MGMT, System Of A Down, Sublime with Rome, Beastie Boys and Shad

  125. Anonymous says:

    Def Leppard and Poison? In the area around those dates.

  126. Dima says:

    Skrillex is confirmed<br />http://fullflexexpress.com/<br />Saturday, July 14th!!!

  127. Anonymous says:

    Drop Kick Murphys @ night this time<br />Great Big Sea<br />Mumford and sons

  128. Anonymous says:

    the line up this year is pure shit<br />so far it better be a joke<br />i want Aerosmith and Coldplay

  129. Anonymous says:

    I am sad to see that we are getting further away from The Blues, and that we have phenomenal talents in Canada and Ottawa that are ignored. It&#39;s time to call this Ottawa Music-fest and let someone take over Bluesfest.

  130. Anonymous says:

    question..on july 5th there is a to be announced time slot..what band is playing that??

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