Ottawa’s iconic RBC Bluesfest unleashes massive 2016 lineup; Aussies DZ Deathrays, Boy & Bear and The Paper Kites feature

Ottawa’s iconic RBC Bluesfest – which, like its Australian equivalent, is far more eclectic than its name suggests – has unleashed an incredible lineup for 2016, with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billy Idol, Duran Duran, Wolf Parade, The Cult, Bryan Ferry, Half Moon Run, Ben Harper, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Monkees and many, many more.

The event, which takes place over 9 days in Lebreton Flats in the Canadian capitol, also features three Aussies amongst its first lineup announcement: Sydney folk icons Boy & Bear, rising superstars The Paper Kites and Brisbane rock lords DZ Deathrays (pictured). The full lineup, by date, is below.

7th July 2016

  • BILLY IDOL
  • JOE JACKSON
  • SCHOOLBOY Q
  • THE HEAD AND THE HEART
  • PETER BJORN AND JOHN
  • SON LITTLE
  • BOY & BEAR
  • DAVID GOGO
  • TYLER KEALEY
  • SUITS N TOQUES

8th July 2016

  • NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
  • BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS
  • THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH
  • TAL WILKENFELD
  • PANDALÉON
  • FIRE ANTLERS
  • HARRISON “SWEETTASTE” KENNEDY
  • CŒUR DE PIRATE
  • TREASURE DUB QUARTET

9th July 2016

  • THE LUMINEERS
  • THE CULT
  • EARL SWEATSHIRT
  • THE LONDON SOULS
  • BRANDI CARLILE
  • ARCHER
  • JEFF ROSS
  • JILL ZMUD
  • AMANDA RHEAUME

10th July 2016

  • JOHN FOGERTY
  • THOMAS RHETT
  • MADEON
  • DEBAUCHE
  • YUKON BLONDE
  • ARCHER
  • WILD CHILD
  • SAN FERMIN
  • THE JIMMY TRI-TONE BAND
  • GINKGOA
  • GRAND RIVER RAMBLERS
  • STEAMERS
  • THE RAMBLIN’ VALLEY BAND
  • ADULT CHILDREN

13th July 2016

  • BRAD PAISLEY
  • ALESSIA CARA
  • THE DECEMBERISTS
  • HALF MOON RUN
  • XXYYXX
  • PIERRE KWENDERS
  • CRAIG CARDIFF
  • TRIBUTE TO JACK BRUCE
  • CARLO
  • KELLY PRESCOTT

14th July 2016

  • SAM HUNT
  • AWOLNATION
  • THE MONKEES
  • PUP
  • FREDDIE GIBBS
  • LINDSEY STIRLING
  • THE JESSE GREENE BAND
  • THE PAUL DESLAURIERS BAND
  • CASHTRO CROSBY AND DJ MES

15th July 2016

  • RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
  • ZEDS DEAD
  • LINDSAY FERGUSON
  • TRAINING SEASON
  • JACK DE KEYZER
  • THE CHOCOLATE HOT POCKETS

16th July 2016

  • DURAN DURAN
  • FUTURE
  • WOLF PARADE
  • NELLY
  • DZ DEATHRAYS
  • HOLY FUCK
  • CASHMERE CAT
  • THE PAPER KITES
  • PAUL JAMES
  • PITH AND THE PARENCHYMAS
  • THE WICKED MERCY
  • BROTHERS DUBE
  • DANNY ALBERT
  • JUST POETS
  • PIPAHAUNTAS

17th July 2016

  • CITY AND COLOUR
  • BRYAN FERRY
  • AMOS THE TRANSPARENT
  • BOMBINO
  • BROCK ZEMAN
  • BARRY AND THE BLASTERS
  • MONDAY I RETIRE

Full festival adult tickets start from just CA$189. For full details, head to ottawabluesfest.ca 

Photo Credit: Luke Henery