RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Recap

This weekend, I had the chance to attend two days of the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest in Ottawa. Not only was it extremely tiring, it was also an experience I’ll never forget. In the two days I attended, I saw five concerts and none of them dissappointed.


First up was Lady Gaga performing on Saturday July 5. It was a rave, with #artrave being shown on all the screens around the Bell Stage. The crowds were crazy…I’ve never been at a busier concert. There were adults, teens and even younger children, showing that Lady Gaga’s music and messages are adored by all.



Lady Gaga  "artRave: The Artpop Ball" Tour - New York

Lady Gaga photos by Kevin Mazur.



In her just over an hour and a half set, she changed costumes more times than people probably went to the bathroom that day. All were colourful and one-of-kind, sort of like Gaga herself. During her set, she brought up fans onstage (some dressed EXACTLY like her) and gave a high-energy show no one will forget.



Lady Gaga "The ARTPOP Ball" Tour Opener



She ended her set with “Gypsy,” putting everyone in a good mood. One of the highlights was her toned down version of “Born This Way,” allowing everyone to really take in the lyrics and meaning of the song (and it also showed off her killer vocals).


Sunday was the crazy day. I named it ‘country day’ because I got to see some of my fave country artists perform.


Sam Hunt is an up-and-coming country singer, famous for his single “Raised On It,” which is what he opened the show with. He is such a babe and was really great at crowd interaction. I see big things coming for Sam, especially with his second official music video being released Wednday for “Leave the Night On.”








David Nail was up next. His set was more calm – just him and a guitar with his backing band. The crowd got the most excited for his tune “Whatever She’s Got.”


Canada’s own Tim Hicks took to the stage next! He really brought the energy, always taking photos with the crowd and getting us to sing along.  He really got the crowd hyped for the headlining act Lady Antebellum. Highlights of his set included “Stronger Beer” and his hit single “Get By.”


Then the act I had waited for all weekend…Lady Antebellum. They open with “Compass” and lead into all their classics like “I Run To You,” “Dancing Away With My Heart” and “Hello World.” They even played their new one “Bartender” and an unreleased single that will be on their new album called “Freestyle.”


Overall, their set was my fave out of everything. But Bluesfest altogether was an unforgettable experience. Even though I didn’t have the best views all the time (short people problems) and may have got a little sunburn, live music trumps everything and I would do everything again in a heartbeat.


Until next year Ottawa!

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