Ottawa Bluesfest 2014 opens with Blake Shelton, long lines
First night of 10-day festival complicated by lineups and counterfeit tickets for some
A night out with Blake Shelton and Tegan and Sara for some, a night stuck in line missing part of their sets for others.
The opening night of the 20th RBC Ottawa Bluesfest brought plenty of excited fans to Lebreton Flats for the first night of the 10-day festival, many of them for Shelton — a country star and judge on singing competition The Voice.
“We’re in town, it’s my birthday, we’re going to see Blake Shelton,” said Tom Macaneney.
“In Ottawa, outdoors for music is better than indoors,” said Kerrie Roy, who added she’ll be back on her full festival pass.
However, some fans said they missed part of the sets they came to see because of tie-ups at the gates.
“Wow. Major lack of coordination at #bluesfest this year. Main gate is jammed. No one is moving & that's once you find it!!” said @CharlieMorling on Twitter.
“Terrible line ups and more congestion than any other year,” said Gemma Riley-Laurin on the CBC Ottawa Facebook page.
Others said they found out they had bought counterfeit tickets.
“What we’re cautioning the fans to do is if they didn’t print their ticket at home, not to buy off a third-party seller because most of those tickets are photocopies and they’re not legitimate at the gate,” said Bluesfest executive director Mark Monahan.
Acts playing Friday at Bluesfest include Journey, electronic dance artist Zedd and country rocker Darius Rucker.