Ryan King (@Lowpass on twitter) reminded me today on Twitter that the official lineup for Bluesfest (July 4th - 15, 2012) will be released tomorrow and later linked me this article from the Ottawa Citizen. It's a good read but I'll just post one of the most important quotes from Mark Monahan, Executive and Artistic Director of Bluesfest:
"I think you're going to see a fair amount of electronic music this year because that's big in the whole industry," hints Monahan, "and I think we're going to follow that trend."
Combine this quote with the rumour heard on twitter that there might be a dedicated EDM stage with numerous EDM acts booked on the main stage this Bluesfest might be an absolute blockbuster for EDM in Ottawa! How far the scene has come when only a year ago they brought Infected Mushroom on the main stage and Skrillex took the stage next to the comedy tent - this year's Bluesfest has a real potential for a true EDM takeover and of course I'm loving it.
EDM Ottawa has already posted a strong rumour that Paul Oakenfold will be performing on the first night (July 4th) for weeks and that booking alone makes a strong statement as to the potential quality of other EDM acts that might also get the nod for this year. If the EDM buzz becomes a reality then there is also a strong possibility that a few local EDM DJs/producers will be performing at Bluesfest as well. If you read the Ottawa Citizen article you'll know that the organizers really value secrecy so I'm sure a few of you local boys (and girls) are celebrating quietly right now.
I just hope that all of this positive EDM buzz for Bluesfest becomes a reality tomorrow and I'm just not spinning my wheels here. A few notable EDM acts that I'd like to see at Bluesfest that have not yet been announced at Escapade: John O'Callaghan, Tiesto, Madeon, Zedd, Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Zeds Dead, Rusko, Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten, Knife Party, Axwell, Orjan Nielsen, Leon Bolier, and John Digweed. The list can go on and on but if they book a few of these names I'd be pretty pumped. Is there a possibility that none of these names I picked might not show up on tomorrow's lineup? That's a strong likelihood but at least we can share some laughs on Twitter to see how wrong I am. Of course make sure to check back tomorrow to EDM Ottawa to get the full lineup list!