This past week, I spent travelling back and forth from Montreal to Ottawa and back again. It was so worth it. My friends and I went to the RBC Bluesfest, a week long outdoor festival in Ottawa, Canada. What an amazing experience! We came across the festival because a few of our favourite bands were performing. It’s not the most popular festival out there, with only around 27 000 people, but this was the perfect number. Each show felt intimate, and with the three main stages, there was plenty of space to roam around. We managed to get front row for almost every show we wanted to see (that’s the only way to capture great photos!). Plus, the bands could see, and often remember, us girls in the front row because we were so close!
My favourite thing about festivals is being able to see so many different bands in the span of one (or three) days! I love it even more when I can discover some new bands! These are all some of the highlights from the festival, whether they’re bands I’d known for a long time or some I’d just discovered at Bluesfest. Most of our time was spent at The River Stage, the smallest stage of the festival (and the best!). However we did roam to the other two, larger, stages and caught some great acts.
Kale Mattson performing with his band. The first act we saw at Bluesfest!A lot of the bands roam around throughout the festival and catch other performances, so it’s pretty normal to spot them in the field and strike up a conversation. We ended up spending quite a bit of time with Kale on the first day.Ever seen pink port-a-potties? Thought it was cute!Langhorne Slim & The Law.Deer Tick.One of the food booths was of smoothies, and this Strawberry Banana smoothie was to die for. I think I had one every day!Waiting in line for the big day. We were going to see Jake Bugg again, and made sure to get front row!Jenny Lewis.Don Felders, guitarist for the Eagles, and his band.Jake Bugg!One of my friends is in love with Jake, and so naturally, we waited after the show to meet him.Holy Ghost.Trombone Shorty.