Bluesfests asks fans to leave bags at home

Music fans are being asked to leave bags at home for tonight’s lineup at RBC Ottawa Bluesfest.

The Foo Fighters headline the fifth night of music at the festival at LeBreton Flats.

Bluesfest spokesperson Joe Reilly tells CTV News at 5 that they’re encouraging fans not to bring large bags and chairs to the concert.

New security procedures at Bluesfest this year include a limit on bag sizes to 12” x 12” x 6”, and all fans must pass through airport style security scanners.   Bags larger than 12 by 12 by 6 inches must be left at the Bluesfest bag check. 

Reilly says “if people can leave their bags at home, just bring their water bottles down empty with them, it will make things go a lot quicker” at the security lines.

Nearly 30,000 people are expected to attend tonight’s concerts at Bluesfest.

After complaints about security lines on opening night, Reilly says organizers worked out the security lines over the weekend. He says no one waited more than 10-15 minutes in line Saturday or Sunday.