oops at this post taking so long to come up! i wrote some really lengthy stuff, and then it all disappeared making me depressed; but here it is, another festival review! despite the fact that all this week its been torrential rain 24/7 luckily this weekend was nothing but sunshine! perfect weather for enjoying osheaga, a big 2day music festival in montreal, which is continuously growing in popularity and bringing cool cats from all over to this beautiful city i call home. the lineup attracts people of all kinds as there is everything from noise rock to dubstep to hiphop to nonsense. and let me just add that the saturday crowd was looking hella good!
i was transported to another time while watching edward sharpe (day1) and the magnetic zeros. the other day i was looking at a book, all our changes, by a canadian photographer (gerry kopelow) who documented youth and their movements in the sixties (i find it incredibly easy to have a fixation with this time period). almost all of the photos were taken at festivals as such, and i kind of felt as though the pages of this dreamy book had come alive. this bands utopian folk rock revives the heart and soul of the sixties generation. They even dress the part which is lovely, and it was amusing to watch ebert roll all over the stage towards the end. showing true dedication to their fans, they decided to play on last song, home, definitely a favorite! they had to rush through and skip a beat or two, but i was so glad to hear that fantastic song played live.
the piknic electronik stage was tons of fun and basically my go to place in between sets of bands i wanted to see or when i wasnt in the mood for the soft, swaying music of the other bands. hovatron and lunice of luckyme records represented montreal talent and their fresh spin on things as per usual. major lazer was the biggest of hits, obviously! and my friend nick got ladda dagga’d by the dancer on stage! madness. uk djs such as roska and mary-anne hobbs really held it down. plus it was really nice to see a girl blowing up the speakers. she played the heaviest and grimiest of dubstep which really had the midday crowd tripping. would you expect anything less from an english? the last set i saw at this stage sunday night was round table knights. they played their popular track CALYPSO (also a dj favorite) and it was pure summer fun/yum! this stage kept the energy up the whole weekend, whether it seemed like there was a kajillion people or only 5o or so, excellent.
Naughty – Quicktime (Roska Remix) (mp3)
Round Table Knights – Calypso (mp3)
i really do like beach house (day1). i enjoy listening to them during my long (sometimes unwanted) walks through suburbia. they have this whole breezy synth vibe which is very popular nowadays. in fact, there was a ton of shoegaze bands at osheaga this year. i wasnt always in the mood for it because i would rather be running and hopping around but it was still nice. a really pretty stage setup also accompanied this dreampop duo and made for really nice ambiance.
Beach House – Zebra
snoop dogg (day2) was pretty magical. first off, it was like all of montreal was sharing one big blunt together due to the hiroshima cloud of smoke hovering above the audience. they even showed people on the big screen passing them around, and it was like one big bro’ing out session. he sang everything from the newbies to the classics and even threw in some covers here and there. JUMP AROUND reminded me of those peak high school dance moments. i even wished my mom was there to sing P.I.M.P with me. there was a whole lotta “can i get a hell yeah” like any hyphy rap show, but this was snoop! a HUGE deal! i think he attracted the biggest crowd of the whole festival.
Robyn ft Snoop Dogg – U Should Know Better
robyn was my most anticipated act to watch on day 1. the stage setup and sound check took awful long, but it was well worth the wait. the energy she brings is like no other. perfect singing and powerful dance moves to match. she sang a lot from her new cd body talk part 1, which i wrote about HERE. the only song missing was dancehall queen which i really would have loved to hear live. her set ended with the most beautiful fireworks going off in the background, even she had to comment on how fantastic it all was.
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!!