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Montreal’s extravagant music festival, Osheaga, featured a vast array of legendary artists spanning every genre from post-punk to future house. The setting is ideally located in the heart of scenic Parc Jean-Drapeau, with six stages dedicated to different musical acts. The fest kicked off early Friday afternoon with Odesza and Ryan Hemsworth stealing the crowd at the “Piknic Electronik” stage. Foster The People and Bear Mountain competed for attention on opposite sides of the park mid-afternoon. Skrillex dominated the “Montagne” stage and had thousands of kids bouncing around for almost two hours to his electrifying set as the sun waned. Outkast was the clear highlight of the day though, closing down with their classic hit, Hey Ya.
Saturday drew kids en masse. Disappointingly, Ingrid Michaelson didn’t make it to her scheduled performance, but the day was quickly saved with killer sets by Local Natives, HAIM and Kaytranada. Courtney Barnett played an energetic set for a rapt audience in the aptly named “Arbres” (tree) stage. Reignwolf was outstanding, drenched in sweat as he rocked the stage for a solid hour. Jack White was in an ebullient mood and prepared for his set by doing jumping jacks on the side of the panoramic “Montagne” stage while watching Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds perform an amazing set.
Sunday did not disappoint, with the Kooks and Temples drawing the biggest crowds earlier in the afternoon. The Replacements hooked thousands of new fans with classics such as Alex Chilton and Bastards Of Young. Lorde was a clear favorite and gushed to the crowd about how much she loved the venue, exclaiming, “This is so cool! We’re basically in a forest!” The best was saved for last though it was hard to choose, with Lykke Li and Arctic Monkeys performing at the same time, closing out another superb summer festival.
Photos by Gabrielle Dominique