Starting the event on July 7th is Billy Idol, another veteran and crowd pleaser and shows the diversity of the artists performing over the two weekend period at one of the four stages. And if Billy Idol and Duran Duran aren’t on your playlist there’s plenty more. Feel like kicking up your heels and learning a 2-step? Country takes the stage with Brad Paisley and Sam Hunt. Canada’s Zeds Dead, Cashmere Cat and Madeon take the stage to make sure the beat drops and you can dance the night away to a more electric beat. Hip-hop fans will have Future and Schoolboy Q, whose album drops July 8th, and heavy hitter Nelly who takes the stage the 16th. If all this seems too much for you, you can slow things down and chill with Dallas Green (City in Colour) and the Lumineers, though I’ve never seen people sitting still at either concert.
Travel to Ottawa should be on anyone’s radar so Bluesfest is a perfect excuse to go for a 4/5 day weekend getaway. With many ticket options from signal day passes for $51 to 3 days at $120 to full event passes for $230. It allows you to customize your Ottawa escape. And with ViaRail having $70 return ticket sales, Porter and Air Canada flying you for $400 return or piling a bunch of friends in your family minivan, there’s no excuse not to make Ottawa a destination for some music and sights.