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Pre-sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 26


 Al Wood and the Woodsmen
 Bella Cat
 Black Mountain
 Blue Rodeo
 Blues & Company
 Bluestone & the Memphis Moonshine
 Bobby Bazini
 Brandon Allan
 Brantley Gilbert
 Brea Lawrenson Band
 Buck N' Nice
 Canned Heat
 Chance the Rapper
 Charles Bradley
 Current Swell
 Dallas Smith
 De La Soul
 Deep Purple
 Donovan Woods
 Drew Nelson
 Dropkick Murphys
 Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
 Family of the Year
 Flight Distance
 Francesco Yates
 FULL FLEX EXPRESS with Jack Ü featuring Diplo and Skrillex
 Future Islands
 Gold and Marrow
 Grime Kings
 Hamish Anderson
 Hat Fitz & Cara
 Hawksley Workman
 Hoodie Allen
 Iggy Azalea
 Ilan Bluestone
 Jason Aldean
 Joe Gaspar Band
 John Butler Trio
 Johnny Reid
 Juan De Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars
 Jungle By Night
 Kaleigh Watts
 Keith Urban
 Kira Isabella
 Langhorne Slim & the Law
 Little Big Town
 Lowrider Band
 Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
 Lurrie Bell
 Lynne Hanson and The Good Intentions
 Lynyrd Skynyrd
 Marianas Trench
 Milky Chance
 Mother Mother
 Musk Ox
 Myers Brothers Band
 New Swears
 Nick Moss
 Nick Sherman
 Parker Millsap
 Paul Oakenfold
 Pony Girl
 Porter Robinson
 Purity Ring
 Richard Thompson
 Rick Vito & The Lucky Devils with special guest Reese Wynans
 River City Junction
 Robyn Hitchcock
 Ronnie Baker Brooks
 Run the Jewels
 Saint Clare
 Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown
 Scott Helman
 Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts
 Shakey Graves
 Silvergun & Spleen
 Simple Plan
 Skylar Spence
 Tara Holloway
 The 24th Street Wailers
 The Black Lips
 The Bros. Landreth
 The Gaslight Anthem
 The Glorious Sons
 The Growlers
 The Haig
 The Jivewires
 The Kinsey Report
 The Lucas Haneman Express
 The OBGMs
 The Reverb Syndicate
 The Tea Party
 The Tragically Hip
 The Visit
 The Yips
 Thrifty Kids
 TJ Wheeler
 Tribal Seeds
 Walter Trout
 “Weird Al” Yankovic
 Willie Nile
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Oh no. It's Kanye West.

Maybe the last time. I don't know.

Familiar enough with the current line up that I am still looking forward to it.

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My first impression is that the line-up seems to be missing some heavyweight names to headline the festival. But there are definitely some interesting bands on the list to make this a worthwhile event. I posted an article on the blog portion of this site, so head over there to read my thoughts and drive up the traffic in that section so that Bouche can pay the bills. 

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I think there's at least one big headliner to be announced. The lineup is too light. Might as well scale the festival down a bit otherwise. Still hoping for Foo Fighters - not a huge fan but would go see them for sure. Big rock show on a summer night, why not. Also heard Monahan on the radio this morning talking about how the exchange rate really affected things this year and with all the new festivals the going rate for artists is going up very fast. Kinda makes one wonder (rhetorically) why 11 days of programming is needed (to get as much $$ from customers as possible)

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I wouldn't be surprised to see him pack it in over the next couple of years. He has climbed to the peak and has nothing left to accomplish. That coupled with the total overabundance of festivals must make this very frustrating for him. I do think however that his statement about the exchange rate is a bit boo hoo, he has been running a festival for nearly 2 decades (ok I will give him the benefit of the doubt that it has been less than a decade of superstar programming) during which currency exchange has been predictably unpredictable.

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If the Stones play in Ottawa, it would probably be at TD Place, no? And with outrageous prices like the AC/DC show that I'm not going to because tickets are too expensive and since I want only to be in good seats for that show, I got discouraged by that policy many shows now have...this one is first 15 rows, get in with credit card and ID only...can't sell tickets if you end up not being able to go.

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The initial lineup is usually light on 'must-see' acts … right?   Though what AD mentions from the interview makes me think this is pretty much it.


There are 120 ish acts listed afterall.    


120 hours average /  11 days / 3 stages is about 4 hours / day.  That's horrible math and a pretty shitty estimate I just did but it seems close to filling up the slots.

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I feel strange not buying a full pass this year! Been doing that for years and I usually get the early bird price when available. But not this year for the first time in a long time. I think I'll wait to see the final schedule and maybe get a 3-day or 5-day pass if I don't decide to leave town in July instead, which would be something new to do! I like my Bluesfest summer evenings though! Well, just because I don't buy the presale doesn't mean I can't go...I don't like how they don't release all the information right now. Why can't I know now how much the 5-day pass will cost?

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