Ottawa’s CityFolk lineup has been announced

[Ottawa is one of the few Canadian cities than seem to be able to reliably stage summer music festivals. Along with Bluesfest in July, there’s the CityFolk Festival. Correspondent Ross MacDonald has this preview. – AC]

Ottawa has two summer music festivals every year. Early July has Bluesfest, but closing out the summer is Ottawa CityFolk Festival. And like Bluesfest, the musical genres have evolved to much more than the folk name implies.

Early on Tuesday morning CityFolk announced their 2024 lineup. This year’s five headliners are heavy on the alt-rock and rock genres: The Beaches, Greta Van Fleet, Rise Against, Milky Chance, and Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit.

Greta Van Fleet

And there is a fair bit of depth in the lineup, including many folk artists; of note is Ottawa’s own alt-rock sensation Alanna Sterling who is opening for Half Moon Run and Milky Chance.

Milky Chance

“We cast a wide net with this year’s program — a diverse and varied lineup, with broad appeal in mind,” says CityFolk executive and artistic director, Mark Monahan.

The Beaches

CityFolk takes place on The Great Lawn at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa from Wednesday 11 September to Sunday 15 September. The site is fully licensed. 

Rise Against

A one-day Pre-Sale begins Wednesday, 29 May from 10am until 11:59pm here. It’s a good deal: $150 for five evenings of music. More information can be found on the festival website.

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