Okay so I went to Osheaga this weekend and I'll write up everything that happened woohoo. In case you don't know, Osheaga is an "Indie" music festival held every year in Montreal over the course of three days. They had an amazing line-up this year so I couldn't afford to not go. So yeah wall of text let's go~
It was Friday, so I went after work. When I got there, I first went to go see Of Monsters and Men, and wow, I completely underestimated how many people there were. The festival was sold-out; 40,000 people on each day. Of Monsters played a good set, I got to see most of it. I left a little early to catch Huoratron, except ten minutes in, I didn't really like is set, so I left to catch Dum Dum Girls, an all-female indie-rock group. They were alright, kinda simple. Their best songs were the faced paced ones. After them, I went to go see Gary Clark Jr., a blues-rock guitarist with a modern flavor. I only stayed for one because I wanted to catch Atlas Sound, but he was entertaining. As soon as Atlas Sound came on staged, he thanked Delta Airlines for losing his equipment, so he played a completely improvised set with a borrowed guitar from another band. He even brought a random audience member on stage to play the drums for a few songs, it was pretty cool. He even improvised on vocals which was pretty impressive, but overall it was a bit of a let down since he couldn't play his material. After his set, I went straight to the main stages to get ready for Sigur Ros (I wanted a decent spot). I caught the second half of The Weeknd's set. I was never a fan of him, never thought his voice was all that impressive. Then it was Florence and the Machine on the other stage. Not to crazy about them either, but they were okay I guess. Finally, the main band I wanted to see all festival, Sigur Ros. It was my favorite act of the festival. Jonsi's falsetto vocals are just so powerful live, and mixing them with some of the best textures music has to offer, it makes for an amazing experience. I was a little disappointed that they didn't play any of the main three Ágætis byrjun song (the first three after the intro). Still, they ended with a phenomenal build up. After that, my legs were hurting like mad, so I went home.
Full day of music. I first decided to check Propofol, a local band, for a few minutes. They were interesting, mixing rock with electronic music. I left early to catch Memoryhouse. They put on a nice set. I sat in the shade while temperatures for that day reached up to 34 degrees. I then went to the main stage to catch Portugal. The Man, but I also caught the end of Kathleen Edwards' set. I was never a fan of hers, her music always seemed boring to me. P. The Man then came on and performed an awesome and fun set. They had a water jet that occasionally sprayed the crowd. It felt good during that extreme heat. I then left the main stage and had some time to kill so I went to check random bands. I caught a band called Kandle, though I can't remember what they sound like at all. That's not a good sign. I left quickly and saw Cursive. I've never heard of them before but I was surprised at how good they were. They play emo-tinged indie rock and they were a lot of fun. I kinda wished I stayed for their entire set, but instead I went to go see Black Lips. They were alright, though I thought Cursive was better. I left for the main stage again to get ready for another band. Young the Giant was up next, and they were okay, I suppose. Next was Dumas, and I thought they were pretty boring. They drew in such a small crowd despite playing on the main stage. Finally, Brand New was up. They played a really fun set and played some good songs, but they didn't play The Quit Things that No One Ever Knows. Sad face. Then, I left quickly to catch SBTRKT. He played a really great set and I had fun dancing. When he was done, I quickly left once more to the main stage to catch Feist. I missed he first song, oh well. She played a great set, very fun. She even reference Snoop Dogg who was up next by sipping from her water bottle and saying "Just a little Gin and Juice". That was pretty funny. Also, for some reason, some in the crowd had a potted palm tree and so Feist stopped playing mid-song and accepted the tree offering and put it up on the stage. Also funny. Finally, I ended up seeing The Jesus and Mary Chain to end my day. They're a shoegaze/post-punk group from the 80's and 90's and they played a great set. I left a little early because I've been standing up for 8 hours straight and I couldn't take it anymore. I could also talk about the drugged up guys who were standing in front of me, but nah I won't.
Legs are tired, so I decided to take it easy. Rain was forecasted to last all day. Boo. It did make for some great moments though. You'll see what I mean. Zola Jesus was first up. People were calling her a witch, because after she said "make it rain", it started to rain significantly more. What a bitch. After only two songs, her set was stopped due to rain. Boo. She left the staged but then came back on to quickly sing the chorus to one of her more popular songs, but that only lasted like ten seconds. I left to go to the main stage. I caught the last song of Dan Mangan, can't really remember what he sounds like. Aloe Blacc was next. He was sorta fun, with his old-style soul music. Next was supposed to be Tame Impala, but instead Passion Pit came on and I don't know why. They weren't supposed to be on for another 2 hours. Whatever, they played an incredibly fun set. During one of their more upbeat songs, the sun shone out. The crowd rejoiced. I then left to catch Austra. I was caught behind the sound check tent, but whatever, I could hear the music fine. They played a solid set. After that, I took a 45 minute break to heal my legs. The sun was shining and the shade was cool. Little did I know that it wouldn't stay like this. Woodkid was up next. I pretty sure he has voodoo powers, because as soon as he started his set, the sky was becoming cloudy. He plays some incredibly dramatic chamber pop with pounding drums and triumphant horns. They sound like they were brewing up a storm. Sure enough, on his final song, during the climax, there was a sudden huge downpour, and I mean HUGE. He played a great set, great music. I then quickly left to catch Buraka Som Sistema. I danced in the rain for about an hour, but then the power suddenly cutoff as they were about to start their last song. Rain issues, I assume. They ended their set like that. At that point I was pissed because Madeon was up next and there's no way I was gonna miss him. Luckily enough, the rain calmed down and they were able to fix the problem somewhat quickly. Madeon was so much fun. He mostly played a DJ set but then started playing his most popular material near the end. With about 20 minutes left, halfway through Raise your Weapons, the power cutoff again. OH SHIT NO. It wasn't even raining at that point. Anyway they fixed it quickly once more and he killed the last 20 minutes with banging tracks. Finally, the end to the festival, M83. I have never danced so hard in my life. I had a ton of fun dancing like a mad man. His light show was great and flashy. Just awesome. Some people were just watching him while standing perfectly still. I don't know how they couldn't move and shake their booty. He played Midnight City surprisingly early, about halfway through his set. After the song, a swarm of people left. What idiots. After he was done, it was time to go back home and sleep before I have to wake up for work at 5:30.
My favorite three sets: Sigur Ros, M83, Madeon.
Three things that I learned:
Everyone smokes weed.
Girls like short shorts and I like them too.
Standing for 8 hours hurts.
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sonicfan0 wrote:i look left at 1 car and manage to find 2 REALLY gorgeous brunettes goin to town (making out pulling their tops off and the whole bit.) I only managed to see them pull off their tops before i walked off and decided to Beast 3 13's back to back