Published Apr 24, 2012The Ottawa Bluesfest was unfortunately cut short last year when a freak windstorm caused the main stage to collapse, injuring concertgoers and causing a couple of headliners to cancel their appearances. Event organizers have rebounded from the incident, however, having now announced the festival's triumphant return in 2012 with a mighty lineup that includes Lauryn Hill, the Weeknd, Deltron 3030, Iron Maiden, Dirty Projectors, Mastodon, Skrillex, and more.
Organizers have just unveiled the first wave of performers that will make their way to the LeBreton Flats & the War Museum near downtown Ottawa between July 4 and 15.
Some of the major acts also scheduled to appear include Billy Bragg, Conor Oberst, LMFAO, !!!, the Melvins, John Mellencamp, Charles Bradley, Thievery Corporation, Snoop Dogg, 10cc, David Gray, Alice Cooper, Seal and Norah Jones.
As the Bluesfest continues to pull away from its roots, the theme of this year's fest is "electro-fied," which will be reflected by sets from Tangerine Dream, Tiesto, AWOLNATION, Paul Oakenfold, A-Trak and the aforementioned Skrillex.
As for the homegrown talent, the Canadian contingent of the Ottawa Bluesfest features acts such as City and Colour, Grimes, I Mother Earth, K'naan, Blue Rodeo, Our Lady Peace, the Sheepdogs, MSTRKRFT, Rich Aucoin, Big Wreck, Nickelback, Metric, Handsome Furs, the Pack A.D., Chromeo, Plants and Animals and Sam Roberts, among others.
More artists are expected to be announced in the near future. But for now, you can get more artist information and tickets at the festival website.