RBC Bluesfest rolls out exceptional line-up for 2018

RBC Bluesfest organizers today announced the initial line-up for the 2018 edition of the festival. Confirmed acts to date include: 

Foo Fighters; Dave Matthews Band; Shawn Mendes; Bryan Adams; Beck; Rae Sremmurd; Sturgill Simpson; Rise Against; Brett Eldredge; Three Days Grace; Jethro Tull; Zeds Dead; Jessie Reyez; The War On Drugs; Courtney Barnett; BROCKHAMPTON; Chromeo; Colin James; St. Paul & The Broken Bones; Shaggy; Oh Wonder; Ghostface Killah; Lighthouse; Passenger; Machine Gun Kelly; Naughty By Nature; The Strumbellas; M. Ward; Greta Van Fleet; Keys N Krates; Grandtheft; Yaeji; Hanson; Benjamin Booker; Noname; Dear Rouge; Kimbra; Kodie Shane; Lauv; Beth Hart; The Spencer Lee Band; Chelsea Cutler; Nick Lowe with Los Straitjackets; Larkin Poe; RL Boyce; The Julian Taylor Band; Fortunate Ones; Jupiter & Okwess; Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones; Molly Tuttle; The Suitcase Junket; Sweet Crude; John Németh; Hat Fitz & Cara; Steve Hill; The Texas Horns; The Split; MonkeyJunk; Red Young; Liza Anne; Mr. Sipp; Bob Log III; A.J. Croce; The Lachy Doley Group; Anthony Geraci; Brandon Santini; Vanessa Collier; TJ Wheeler; Alanna Sterling & The Silvers; Amos the Transparent; Andrew Cassara; Andrew Waines; Animal Confession; Aspects & Rita Carter; Black Iri$h; Brock Zeman; Catriona Sturton; City Fidelia; Cody Coyote; Graven; Her Harbour; Hevve; Joe McDonald & the Walkin' Hawks; JW-Jones; Kimberly Sunstrum; Krystal Jyl and the Jacks; leMeow; Lyle Odjick & The Northern Steam; Morris Ogbowu; Okies; Ray Montford Group; River City Junction; Stone Age Man; TAPAS; Tara Shannon; The Angelina Hunter Trio; The Bank Street Bonbons; The PepTides; The Town Cryers; and Vicki Brittle  . . . with more to be announced in the weeks ahead.   

“It’s always challenging to put together a diverse yet compelling line-up, year in and year out, but this year we’ve definitely hit on some great names from a lot of different genres” says the festival’s executive and artistic director, Mark Monahan. “Since we’ve been stuck in quite a deep freeze this winter, I’m really looking forward to our summertime celebration of great music with the greatest music fans in the world.”

July 5: Bryan Adams, Passenger, Nick Lowe with Los Straitjackets, Sweet Crude. 

July 6: Jethro Tull, A.J. Croce, The War on Drugs, Brockhampton, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Hanson

July 7: Shawn Mendes, Chromeo, Benjamin Booker, Kimbra, Lauv

July 8: Brett Eldredge, Strumbellas, Beth Hart, Keys N Krates, Larkin Poe, Molly Tuttle

July 10: Foo Fighters, Greta Van Fleet, M. Ward, Machine Gun Kelly

July 11: Dave Matthews Band, Courtney Barnett, Oh Wonder, Spencer Lee Band, Suitcase Junket, Hat Fitz & Cara

July 12: Shaggy, Lighthouse, Naughty By Nature, Noname

July 13: Beck, Sturgill Simpson, Ghostface Killah, Fortunate Ones, Grandtheft

July 14: Rae Sremmard, Jessie Reyez, Colin James, Steve Hill, Yaeji, Steve Hill

July 15: Rise Against, Julian Taylor Band, John Nemeth, Dear Rouge, Chelsea Cutler

RBC Bluesfest runs from July 5 to 15.

On-sale date(s) include 1-Day Presale Thursday, February 15 at 10 a.m. (Ends at midnight.)
Presale tickets: U19 Full Festival Wristband *Under 19 – Non-Transferrable* starting at $109 + HST.
U25 Full Festival Wristband: *Under 25 – Non-Transferrable* starting at $139 + HST. This new pass is to accommodate patrons who made our youth pass successful over the past few years and are now transitioning into adulthood.
Adult Full Festival Pass: starting at $209 + HST
Acura VIP Club Full Festival Pass: starting at $605 + HST

General On-sale: Friday, February 16 at 10 a.m. All ticket-types available, including day passes, Pick-3, Pick-5, Metropolitain VIP Zone, etc. See www.ottawabluesfest.ca for more details.