CityFolk music festival organizers today announced the initial line-up for their 2015 program. Confirmed acts to date include: Van Morrison; The Avett Brothers; Wilco; Of Monsters and Men; Passenger; UB40; The Tubes; The Sheepdogs; Patrick Watson; Walk Off The Earth; Lord Huron; Elle King; Lisa LeBlanc; Lucinda Williams; St. Paul & The Broken Bones; Kitty, Daisy & Lewis; Amy Helm; Lucius; Lee Harvey Osmond; Steep Canyon Rangers; Built to Spill; The Barr Brothers; Wintersleep; Sun Kil Moon; Will Butler; Steve Poltz; Fortunate Ones; The Everyone Orchestra; Frank Fairfield & The Down Hill Strugglers; Terra Lightfoot; Scarlett Jane; and Charlie A’Court, with more to be announced in the weeks ahead.
CityFolk organizers also confirmed plans to accommodate an ever-growing audience at their new Lansdowne Park location, in 2015. Attendance this year is expected to surpass the 50,000 mark achieved in 2014. Audience size has increased incrementally since 2011, when ‘The Team Behind Bluesfest’ began managing the event.
“We are looking forward to moving CityFolk to the ‘Great Lawn’ at Lansdowne Park, adjacent to the football stadium,” says the festival’s executive/artistic director Mark Monahan. “The new site at Lansdowne Park provides us with an accessible, world-class venue that we’ll have the privilege to animate, while creating a magical experience for Ottawa festival goers.”
During CityFolk, ticket holders will be able to access the paid side on the Great Lawn, which will feature two side-by-side stages that will offer alternating musical acts and a VIP viewing section. The Aberdeen Pavilion will feature free programming and incorporate a food and micro-brew experience. There will also be workshop SESSIONS and numerous free family activities, including a KidZone. The newly renovated Horticulture building will house the ‘Hort Stage’, an additional and intimate setting for ticket holders. All main stage headliners will start their sets by 8:30 p.m. and the music will be moved indoors at 10 p.m.
There will be a one-day pre-sale on Thursday, June 4, beginning at 10 a.m. On this day only, a limited number of five-day transferable passes will be sold, starting at the incredible price of $99. A limited number of VIP passes will also be sold, starting at $199. The regular on-sale campaign begins June 5, when all levels of tickets are up for grabs, including single- and multiple-day tickets. For ticket details and descriptions go to: www.cityfolkfestival.com CityFolk runs from September 16 through 20. The festival site will offer a wide variety of food and merchandise concessions and is licensed. Check out the CityFolk website for more to come in the weeks ahead.