Published Feb 27, 2013The annual Ottawa Bluesfest followed its treacherous 2011 edition with a successful 2012 gathering. Thankfully, that means we can look forward to another excellent batch of programming in 2013, and the organizers have let loose the initial lineup for the festival.
The 10-day festival will run from July 4 to July 14, and will include another wildly diverse batch of acts across five outdoor stages and one indoor theatre. This year, the artists are all over the place, from fabled blues musicians like B.B. King through recent hype acts like Baauer.
The full list of confirmed acts is as follows:
B.B. King, Dixie Chicks, Wu-Tang Clan, Rush, Fun., Zac Brown Band, The Tragically Hip, Skrillex Full Flex Express Tour, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tegan and Sara, Great Big Sea, Weezer, Belle & Sebastian, Grand Funk Railroad, Baauer, Animal Collective, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Passion Pit, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, She & Him, Alex Clare, Fitz & the Tantrums, Neko Case, Adventure Club, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Marianas Trench, Solange, LP, Killer Mike, El-P, Sharon Van Etten, Stars, Eric Burdon, Matthew Good, Flogging Molly, A Tribe Called Red, The Cat Empire, Balkan Beat Box, Alejandro Escovedo, Los Lonely Boys, Mother Mother, Atlas Genius, Mississippi Heat, Zeds Dead, The Joy Formidable, Amadou & Mariam, Blue King Brown, Femi Kuti, Hunter Hayes, Tommy Trash, Garland Jeffreys, Blues Broads, Dawes, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Los Lobos, Ra Ra Riot, Sonny Rhodes, Frank Turner, Justin Townes Earle, Cactus, Camera Obscura, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Diamond Rings, Eddie Shaw, Mitch Ryder, The Dunwells, The Knocks, Bahamas, Jon Cleary, Cold Specks, John Smith, Joe Robinson and W.C. Clark.
UPDATE: You can now add one other major headliner to the lineup: Björk.
In a press release, executive/programming director Mark Monahan says. "We consider this year's line-up to be one of the best of any across North America—it reaches out to a wide-ranging demographic with cutting edge performances as well as festival favourites."
Tickets for Ottawa Bluesfest will be available on Thursday, February 28 at 10 a.m. through Capital Tickets.