Osheaga

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© Patrick Beaudry - Osheaga, Music and Arts Festival

July 4, 2016 — As 11-year-olds go, Montréal’s Osheaga Music and Arts Festival has again proven itself to be one of the most precocious kids on the block with a 2016 line-up – including the likes of Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, Leon Bridges, Grimes and many, many more – that’s all smarts and smiles.

From very modest if ambitious beginnings 11 years ago in 2006, the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival has grown from a two-day festival pulling in some 25,000 folks totally to a three-day monster of music awesomeness that now sells out 45,000 tickets per day as a matter of routine. This is in large part due to superlative artist programming since the outset, and the promise of a festival experience – at the treed and pathway-lined Parc Jean-Drapeau on Montréal’s scenic St. Helen’s Island – that is second to none. This year’s 10th anniversary of Osheaga, from July 31 to August 2, keeps that promise.

Over 100 bands and performers will grace the festival’s six stages, among them several key Osheaga alumni. Exciting for many of us, several notable names are on the program, including Radiohead, undisputed leaders of alternative rock whose latest album A Moon Shaped Pool has created quite a stir on its release in May. 90s hip-hop kings Cypress Hill and rock darlings Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others, will offer long awaited performances. On a totally different musical range, young Texan soul singer Leon Bridges, known for his charismatic stage presence, will perform a few success of his first album Coming Home. A few stars of the local scene will also grace the outdoor stage of the festical, much-loved indie rock band Half Moon Run, Grimes, francophone rapper Koriass and Wolf Parade to name a few.

In the weeks leading up to the main festival, Osheaga also presents concerts and art shows, among them Music on Paper, bringing together designers, illustrators, and graphic artists selling a wide range of posters and screen prints at affordable prices.

All in all, there’s plenty to experience.