Ming Wu’s Bluesfest Picks (Part Two)

Liam Mooney - July 14, 2015

Bluesfest is in full swing now, which means it’s time for the second half of my most anticipated acts! Monday offered you a day off so I hope you took the opportunity for some R&R before things pick back up tonight! Below my picks is a full schedule of when and where each highlighted band will be playing.

Day 6

There are lots of great acts playing in the 6pm slot. My pick is definitely Operators at the Claridge Homes Stage – Dan Boeckner’s (from Handsome Furs and Wolf Parade) project is a must-see for electro-dance rock music fans.

If that isn’t your thing, over at the Canadian Stage will be Ottawa’s very own New Swears – power garage pop-rock music filled with silly string, toys and moshing.

Everyone seems really excited to see Future Islands at 7pm on the Bell Stage. You may know their hit single Seasons (Waiting On You) – it’s a studio favourite here at Jackpine.

At the same time over at the Canadian Stage will be METZ. If you want loud punk-rock music then this is the band to check out!

Headlining the Canadian Stage will be Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. I’m really excited to see them perform their famous song “Home” live!

Day 7

Start Wednesday off with Ottawa’s Grime Kings at 6pm on the Canadian Stage. They really seem to be garnering a lot of positive attention in town so be sure to give them a listen.

At 7pm at the Bell Stage is De La Soul who are sure to blow everyone’s ears off. Go get your funk on!

Scottish electronic band Chvrches will take the Claridge Homes Stage at 8pm. A big favourite of mine, this show should be packed!

Headlining the Monster Energy Stage is Run the Jewels. This act is getting a lot of hype surrounding their 2014 album RTJ2.

Day 8

If you’re looking for me on Thursday, try the Canadian Stage because that is where I’ll be hanging out! At 7pm is FET.NAT performing their brand of experimental rock music.

Later, Ottawa-based Hilotrons will take the stage at 8:15pm.

If you want to dance, check out Vancouver-based indie rock band Mother Mother, headlining at 9:30pm!

Day 9

Start off with Ottawa’s The Yips performing at 6pm at the Canadian Stage. It’s Ouija rock at its best!

Also at the Canadian Stage are electronic rockers Dear Rouge at 7pm, electropop singer Lowell at 8:15pm and electronic duo Purity Ring at 9:30pm.

Day 10

Toronto’s The Beaches will be playing the Canadian Stage at 4:30pm on Saturday. Their music is a new wave of fem-rock, so if you’re into that go check them out!

I’ve never seen Interpol perform, so I’m excited to see them rock out on the Claridge Homes Stage at 6pm.

Have no shame and some fun and come see Simple Plan at 8pm!

Headlining the Canadian Stage at 8:30pm is Milky Chance. This German folk duo’s reggae and electronic influences make them truly unique. You may know their hit songs “Stolen Dance” and “Flashed Junk Mind”.

Day 11

My only highlight on the last day of Bluesfest is Weird Al Yankovic. It’s weird that he is playing at 5:30pm but regardless I will be there and you should be, too!

And last but not least, Vinyl Tap’s Randy Bachman will also be playing the Bell Stage at 7pm.


Day Six:

Operators – Claridge Homes Stage @ 6pm.
New Swears – Canadian Stage @ 6pm.
Future Islands – Bell Stage @ 7pm.
METZ – Canadian Stage @ 7pm.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Canadian Stage @ 9:30pm.

Day Seven:

Grime Kings – Canadian Stage @ 6pm.
De La Soul – Bell Stage @ 7pm.
Chvrches – Claridge Homes Stage @ 8pm.
Run the Jewels – Monster Energy Stage @ 9:30pm.

Day Eight:

Fet.Nat – Canadian Stage @ 7pm.
Hilotrons – Canadian Stage @ 8:15pm.
Mother Mother – Canadian Stage @ 9:30pm.

Day Nine:

The Yips – Canadian Stage @ 6pm.
Dear Rouge – Canadian Stage @ 7pm.
Lowell – Canadian Stage @ 8:15pm.
Purity Ring – Canadian Stage @ 9:30pm.

Day Ten:

The Beaches – Canadian Stage @ 4:30pm.
Interpol – Claridge Homes Stage @ 6pm.
Simple Plan – Claridge Homes Stage @ 8pm.
Milky Chance – Canadian Stage @ 8:30pm.

Day Eleven:

Weird Al Yankovic – Claridge Homes Stage @ 5:30pm.
Randy Bachman – Bell Stage @ 7pm.