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Bluesfest: 5 playlists to get you into the 2017 lineup

By Greggory Clark and Jeff Kingsbury on July 6, 2017




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Welcome to summer. It’s officially time to start thinking about RBC Bluesfest, that Ottawa-dominating music festival that sounds much more appealing now that Anderson .Paak has been added to a bill which already included Daniel Caesar, The Shins, LCD Soundsystem, Dead Obies and A Tribe Called Red to name a few.

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Apt613 music writers have their own ideas about what you *should* see at Bluesfest in 2017. But for now, there’s plenty of time to discover the artists you didn’t know that you didn’t know. From banging dance tracks to jangly indie rock to Big Pop to rap… all of it’ll sound just right in your speakers.


RIYL: Fevers, LCD Soundsystem, Bob Moses, Flume, Busty and the Bass, Phantogram…

Hip Hop

RIYL: Dead Obies, Anderson .Paak, Blakdenim, Night Lovell…


RIYL: Tegan and Sara, Sam Roberts Band, Sparklesaurus, Future States…


RIYL: Muse, DFA1979, High Waters, Headstones…

Dark & Vibey

RIYL: Claude Munson, Daniel Caesar, Pony Girl, Yonatan Gat…

The 2017 RBC Bluesfest runs from July 6–16, 2017 at LeBreton Flats. For a full list of the artists performing, visit

This post was co-created by RBC Ottawa Bluesfest and Apt613 creative staff; apart from Apt613’s editorial team.