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Written by: Rebecca Hollman
Osheaga is a 3-day mixed genre festival located in downtown Montreal, August 3-5, 2018. Featuring mostly indie rock and alternative artists, it also contains an assortment of rappers, EDM performances, and folk bands.
The name Osheaga comes from the original name for Montreal. When the European settlers first encountered the native Mohawk people, they attempted to shake hands and ask about the river rapids using hand gestures. The Mohawk people said “O she ha ga,” which means people with shaking hands. From then on, the Europeans used the word Osheaga to mean “large rapids,” and the native Mohawk peoples would use the word to describe “the place where they met the people with shaking hands,” which is today modern-day Montreal.
ESSICA HERNANDEZ AND THE DELTAS. Photo Credit: Pierre Bourgault
Osheaga’s headliners include Travis Scott, ODESZA, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, James Blake, Rae Sremmurd, Portugal the Man, Arctic Monkeys, Tyler the Creator, Anderson .Paak, Florence + the Machine, Post Malone, and The National. Besides the headliners, the lineup also features other big names like St. Vincent, Chromeo, Toro y Moi x Nosaj Thing, Manchester Orchestra, Tash Sultana, Franz Ferdinand, Trombone Shorty and many others.
Check out the full lineup below:
Although Osheaga is known for being an alternative and indie festival, this year’s lineup also includes some big name EDM DJs. Check out these 6 big EDM artists who will be at Osheaga this year.
A minimal, progressive, and deep house producer from Finland, Yotto has launched to fame with his unique ambient but hard-hitting style. Yotto has been producing and releasing tracks through Anjunadeep and is regularly featured on the Anjunadeep radio show. Yotto is known for his extremely emotional and hypnotic deep progressive house beats and has recently released a new EP called North.
2. Billy Kenny
House music’s favorite party boy! Billy Kenny has no regard for convention and produces extremely unique house music. Billy Kenny produces tech house, deep house, and minimal house beats that are released on Sola Records, Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird Records, and Green Velvet’s Relief Records. He is also co-owner of the infamous This Ain’t Bristol Records and helps personally select all the artists and new music that will be released through This Ain’t Bristol.
3. Walker & Royce
A dynamic duo from Brooklyn, New York, Walker & Royce have been producing funky deep house beats and releasing tracks on Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird Records. Walker & Royce only started producing in 2011, but got launched to fame recently with the creation of their track Take Me to Your Leader. This track was a favorite with almost every house artist last year and helped catapult Walker & Royce’s popularity.
4. San Holo
San Holo is an experimental and future house producer. He makes an interesting assortment of beats that vary from ambient, to house, to bass to future nuwave. He is most famous for his tracks Light and One Thing that have become extremely popular in festival sets in the past year. San Holo has his own record label called Bitbird Records that manages artists like Taska Black and DROELOE.
5. Gorgon City
The duo called Gorgon City are known for their amazing tech house and minimal house beats. They regularly collaborate with the likes of Duke Dumont and recently made a track with Duke Dumont himself. Gorgon City hosts a weekly radio show called Kingdom Radio that features the best artists in tech house. On top of their radio show, they also manage a record label called REALM Records and tour across the world.
REZZ has gained a cult following this past year, being dubbed “Space Mom” by her fans. Her fandom has grown exponentially because of her extremely unique style and because she’s basically created a new subgenre of EDM. Brought into the scene by Deadmau5, she’s almost as big as Deadmau5 himself. She is known for creating her space bass sound and for merging tons of different genres and song samples from other artists into her live sets.
Osheaga tickets are on sale now – here! They have both single day and 3-day passes available. Make sure to snag your tickets before they’re all gone!
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