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According to the official Bluesfest site, which has dubbed this year's festival "Electrofied," other acts slated include John Mellencamp, Seal, Billy Bragg, David Gray, Bettye Lavette, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, the Hold Steady and Young the Giant.
Canadian content consists of Metric, K'naan, Nickelback, Arkells, Blue Rodeo, City and Colour, Sam Roberts and buzz act the Weeknd.
Tickets prices range from $40 to $65 for single day passes depending on the date, while from April 25-28 a Full Festival Passport is available for a special $250 presale price. After the early bird price the Full Festival Passport will cost $375.
No paper tickets will be sold at the festival. Instead there will be a cashless option known as a scanable "Bluesband," which would be similar to your standard debit card. Any funds not used on the "Bluesband" would be refunded at the end of the Bluesfest.
The Bluesfest site makes little to no mention of the events last year which made international headlines: a wind storm caused a stage collapse during Cheap Trick's performance which fortunately caused no fatalities but injured five people, one seriously. In an interview with CTV News, Bluesfest executive Mark Monahan said this year they've hired an "independent engineer" from Toronto specializing in outdoor structures. Monahan said the individual "is going to be giving us sort of a stamp of approval on all the setup for the infrastructures in the park." An independent weather service has also been contracted to give "very accurate" weather updates.
Meanwhile, a Ministry of Labour investigation into last year's stage collapse is currently under review by lawyers. According to Metronews, investigators have completed their work and sent it to the ministry's lawyers. From there it will be determined if any legal action will be taken. There's no word how long the review will take.