After years of having an eye on previous Osheaga line-ups it was only a matter of time before dipping my feet into the international fest scene with our good friends in the North. The stars aligned in 2017 and finally, a trip to Montreal to visit the Canadian heavy-weight of festivals was coming to fruition.
Our first year included many highlights. The most major one being Lorde closing out Friday evening. Just the night before her headlining set at Lollapalooza was cut short due to the weather and from the looks of things throughout the day it was very possible it could happen again for a second night in a row. Luckily, the rain was manageable and the show went on. Coming out on stage in a flowing white dress and umbrella she looked like freaking Mary Poppins, unreal. She serenaded the Canadian crowd with plenty of old and a lot of new from Melodrama. We got a duet of Homemade Dynamite with fellow co-writer and festival performer Tove Lo and a special cover of Martha Wainwright’s Blood Mother Fucking Asshole. During Liability the rain picked up but only made the ballad all the more powerful. Lorde is a performer in every sense of the word. Every show no matter how big or small is individualized and gives an intimate feeling to a widespread crowd.
Thankfully, Saturday had much better weather. The poutine was delicious and the tunes were on point. It’s not often I get to see an act that I’ve never seen before but I finally got to pop my Father John Misty cherry at Osheaga and damn, why did I wait so long? He was hypnotizing and the show was enthralling. A total showman that bears his heart on stage – literally getting to his knees – it felt like he could have been a tiny room, speaking directly to your soul.
On Sunday, Die Antwoord was hands down the most wild I saw the crowd. Its hard to put a finger on why these two are so good because their Zef aesthetic is slightly terrifying, the lyrics hardly make sense and Yolandi’s voice is comparable to a Care Bear on acid but together these factors culminate to a show where people let their inhibitions go and dance like wild animals. Literally people could be seen on the ground twerking, jerking and raging like nothing I’ve seen before. For the experience alone Die Antwoord’s set was one of my favorites of the weekend.
Since attending so many different kinds of festivals it is safe to say that Osheaga’s production and organization is unparalleled. At no point did claustrophobia kick in. The art, festival grounds and seemed never ending and sad to say I probably didn’t even get to explore it all! It was an absolute pleasure to knock this festival off the list and I am already counting down the days till 2018. See you next year Montreal!
View our full photo album from Osheaga 2017 below: