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Bluesfest celebrates 25th year with eclectic lineup

Bluesfest is ringing in its 25th birthday with The Killers, Eric Church, The Offspring, Buddy Guy and more.

Backstreet Boys, CHVRCHES, Wu-Tang Clan among high-profile acts

Brandon Flowers of The Killers, centre, performs alongside fellow band members Mark Stoermer, left, and Dave Keuning at Coachella in April 2009. (Chris Pizzello/Associated Press)

Ottawa's biggest music festival is turning 25 this year, and it's celebrating with The Killers, Eric Church, The Offspring, Buddy Guy and more.

Bluesfest is happening from July 4-14, 2019, once again at LeBreton Flats.

Below is the lineup so far — other artists are expected to be added to the roster in the weeks and months ahead.

Some of the biggest names:

  • The Killers
  • Eric Church
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Kygo
  • Logic
  • Jessie Reyez
  • Alexisonfire
  • Snoop Dogg
Rapper, producer and cannabis entrepreneur Snoop Dogg has been active since the early 1990s.
  • Kane Brown
  • The Glorious Sons
  • CHVRCHES
  • First Aid Kit
  • Wu-Tang Clan
  • The Offspring
Post-hardcore rockers Alexisonfire of St. Catharines, Ont., split up years ago, but released a new single in February and recently performed in Toronto. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)
It may still be freezing outside but the countdown to Bluesfest is on. The festival's executive director is in studio to give us the run down. 5:12

Other acts:

  • Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
  • Buddy Guy
  • America
  • Taking Back Sunday
  • Elle King
Blues legend Buddy Guy. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun Times via AP)
  • Rodrigo Y Gabriela
  • Mustard
  • Lennon Stella
  • T-Pain
  • PUP
  • Colter Wall
  • Pussy Riot
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot performing in Boise, Idaho, in March 2018. (Otto Kitsinger/Associated Press)
  • Gone West Feat. Colbie Caillat
  • Shakey Graves
  • Murda Beatz
  • The Sheepdogs
  • DJ Pauly D
  • Charlotte Cardin
Canadian singer Charlotte Cardin performs in Bern, Switzerland, in July 2018. (Anthony Anex/Keystone via AP)
  • K'Naan
  • Matt Andersen
  • Nao
  • Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul
  • The Psychedelic Furs
  • Lou Doillon
  • Guided By Voices
Robert Pollard is the songwriter behind Guided By Voices, a U.S. indie band formed in the early 1980s. (Sled Island)
  • Pokey LaFarge
  • Elisapie
  • Busty and The Bass
  • James
  • Leikeli47
  • The Trews
  • William Prince
  • Yungblud
  • The Dirty Nil
  • U.S. Girls
U.S. Girls is fronted by Meghan Remy. (CBC Music)

  • Connan Mockasin
  • Ashley MacIsaac
  • Southern Avenue
  • Sue Foley
  • Ziggy Alberts
  • Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
  • The Devil Makes Three
  • Gashi
  • Francesco Yates
Singer-songwriter Francesco Yates performing at the Canadian Screen Awards in March 2017. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
  • The Sorority
  • The Beths
  • Bad Child
  • KALLITECHNIS
  • Brandon "Taz" Niederauer
  • Cartel Madras
  • This Is The Kit
  • Sugaray Rayford
  • Steve Poltz
  • Dawn Tyler Watson
Montreal's Kallitechnis. (CBC Arts)
  • Yonatan Gat & The Eastern Medicine Singers
  • Justin Saladino
  • Anthony Geraci
  • Crook The Kid
  • AJ Ghent
  • The Proven Ones
  • David Vest
  • Little Walter Tribute

Acts from closer to home:

  • Abby Stewart (Kingston, Ont.)
  • Abigail Lapell (Toronto)
  • After Funk (Toronto)
  • Area Resident (Ottawa)​
  • BlakDenim (Ottawa)
Ottawa's BlakDenim. (Facebook)
  • Brea Lawrenson (Ottawa Valley)
  • Children of Indigo (Ottawa)
  • Del Hartley (Toronto)
  • Durham County Poets (Ormstown, Que.)
  • Ellie Gadzos (Ottawa)
  • Future States (Ottawa/Montreal)
Future States feature members from Ottawa, Montreal, Kitchener, Ont., and Whitehorse. (futurestatesband.com)
  • Gabrielle Goulet (Bourget, Ont.)
  • GARÇONS (Ottawa)
  • Gavin McLeod (Milton, Ont.)
  • HOROJO Trio (Ottawa)
  • Ikirezi (Ottawa)
  • Kelly Sloan (Ottawa Valley)
Kelly Sloan hails from the Ottawa Valley. (Rick Hererra)
  • Kyle Ivan (Ottawa)
  • Loon Choir (Ottawa)
  • Marie-Clo (Lefaivre, Ont.)
  • Melanie Brulée (Toronto)
  • Mia Kelly (Ottawa)
  • Mike McKenna Jr. (Nova Scotia)
  • Moonfruits (Ottawa)
Ottawa band Loon Choir. (Courtesy of the Band)
  • Moscow Apartment (Toronto)
  • No Mistakes in Space (Ottawa)
  • Outside I'm a Giant (Gatineau)
  • Rebecca Noelle (Ottawa)
  • Renée Landry (Ottawa)
  • River City Junction (Cardinal, Ont.)
Ottawa's Rebecca Noelle. (CBC)
  • Scary Bear Soundtrack (Ottawa)
  • Silent Winters (Ottawa)
  • The Kim Pollard Band (Napanee, Ont.)
  • U.N. Jefferson (Toronto)
  • Vi (Ottawa)
Ottawa's Scary Bear Soundtrack. (Jessica Deeks, from scarybearsoundtrack.wordpress.com)

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