According to my watch, they came on a little early too! Around 9:25
Badu was still playing on the other stage when they came on to start, and I can hear a tiny bit of her during blow at high dough.
Bands can pay the fine if they go late (or the festival can as per the black keys due to weather). But I believe the fine is on a time basis, like every 5 minutes over or something, stupid ottawa.
And yes, Bluesfest knows how to set up their gold circle. I have been buying my parents at least tickets to one show in the gold circle since they moved to Lebreton, and the closeness and space they get they love.
As for the new songs, it does add flavor, but on this night at least where I was standing, it went from pumped crowd who was singing out each tune, to quiet hum, talking amongst each other, and wandering eyes. They just didnt work for the Ottawa crowd (which I knew would love the greatest hits playlist, as that is what this town is all about!) Was disappointed that the 2 new ones they played werent transformation and drip, like transformation better than the other one.
Oh well, another hip show in the books! Great one at that too. Not use to that much energy from an Ottawa crowd!