Starting this week in the Nation's Capital, the RBC Bluesfest will return to Lebreton Flats for another epic 10 day festival consisting of a full range of artists from a variety of genres. Bluesfest is hands down one of the best run festivals in Canada as the organizers have been at it for a very long time, building on years of experience which shows in the small details.
Even though this year's lineup is a little lighter than usual in terms of electronic acts, the ones that were booked are quality talents that are worthy of your attention.
The first big electronic act to play at Bluesfest is the 22 year old French electro artist Madeon. First emerging on the scene thanks to several Youtube videos, showing his launchpad skills for the track "Pop Culture". Since then he's released several strong tracks and a full length album. Expect to be wow'ed by his live DJ performance.
XXYYXX is one of these artists who were creating this new chill wave/future bass tracks way back before it was considered the thing to do as it is in 2016. This L.A. artist will craft one amazing soundscape of a set at Bluesfest, giving the crowd a dose of what's considered cutting edge in electronic music even though he's been at this sound since day 1 of his career.
Ottawa is no stranger to the sounds of Zeds Dead as they've been booked by Bluesfest every year for the past 3 years. And every year they've come it's been a must-see event as they've always delivered on giving what the crowd wants, uncompromising bass music. Sure they're not strictly dubstep anymore as they have successfully widened their influences as artists should, but when they play their bass tracks, the crowd always goes nuts.
Destructo is the man behind HARD Events, and has carved himself a nice niche as a DJ on the side, making him a true renaissance man within EDM. Known for his G-House, and playing deeper house tracks, Destructo is the perfect opener for Zeds Dead as he'll craft an ideal vibe before the sonic hammer comes down when the Toronto duo take the stage.
Last but certainly not least we have arguably the best day of Bluesfest with the hip hop up and coming star Future, a dash of Nelly afterwards, followed by the Norwegian artist Cashmere Cat. Known for his mega hit "Adore" with Arianne Grande, Cashmere Cat has also been linked with Kanye West's latest album The Life Of Pablo by helping to produce "Wolves" along with Sinjin Hawke. Expect to hear a lot of new music at his set as he's rumoured to be releasing a full length album sometime this year.
RBC Ottawa Bluestfest starts tomorrow and will run until Sunday, July 17th. If you live within the National Capital Region, checking out this festival is an absolute must every single year.