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Written by: Rebecca Hollman
Osheaga is a 3-day indie, alternative, and EDM festival located on Parc Jean-Drapeau, in downtown Montreal. The festival is known for having a diverse lineup, for being a family-friendly festival that appeals to people of all ages and walks of life, and for its unique location in Montreal, Quebec.
This year’s headliners feature the likes of ODESZA, Travis Scott, Portugal. The Man, Florence + the Machine, Post Malone, The Arctic Monkeys, and Anderson .Paak. The day by day schedule for the festival has just been released, along with a ton of official after parties. Check out the schedule break down below!
Friday’s schedule is the best day in terms of EDM. The Island Stage (Scène De L’Île) is jam-packed with amazing house artists including JETS (Machinedrum + Jimmy Edgar), Walker & Royce, Billy Kenny, Yotto, and Dixon. Friday also includes EDM sets from Chromeo and ODESZA on The Mountain Stage (Scène De La Montagne).
I recommend starting the day off with a pop-house set from Sir Sly at The River Stage. From there head to the Island Stage for a tech house set from JETS, followed by another experimental tech house set from Walker & Royce. Then chill out with some mellow surf rock from Manchester Orchestra, into the beginning of an indie-pop set from Sylvan Esso. Head back for the second half of Billy Kenny into a progressive minimal house set from Yotto. Billy Kenny and Yotto are my favorite artists on the schedule this day.
Billy Kenny is known for his weird, funky tech house beats and has his own record label called This Ain’t Bristol. Yotto is on the Anjunadeep record label and makes extremely beautiful and melodic progressive house. Both Billy Kenny and Yotto have official Osheaga after-parties. From Yotto, head to Portugal. The Man on the Mountain Stage, followed by ODESZA. Run over to the Island Stage for a quick sampling of Dixon, who produces minimal techno, and then finish off the day with an indie electronic set at James Blake.
I would start the day on Saturday with AC Slater. AC Slater has his own record label, Night Bass, and is a huge producer catalyst for new music in the EDM scene. He produces heavy hitting bass house and also finds and brings on tons of new DJs onto his record label. Follow up AC Slater on the Island Stage with TOKiMONSTA, a female DJ who produces chill melodic beats. From there head to either Kali Uchis, for genre-defying rnb/edm/soul vibe, or to the Bahamas, for a surf rock vibe. Hop back to the Island Stage for the end of Ookay, one of the producers from Glitch Mob, and then stay for A-trak, who is famous for scratching live and has his own record label Fool’s Gold, and then San Holo, who produces melodic, minimal house and has his own record label Bitbird. From there head to Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals for a indie/rap fusion, followed by a rap set from Tyler, the Creator on the Green Stage. Finish off the day with either REZZ, if you like space bass, or the Arctic Monkeys, if you are a fan of British pop rock.
The first set I recommend seeing on Sunday is Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at The Mountain Stage. Trombone Shorty is a jam band that includes tons of brass instruments and a definite New Orleans jazz vibe. After Trombone Shorty, I would head to a minimal house/techno set from Feder on the Island Stage. Leave a little bit early to catch a full set from either Tash Sultana, an Australian vocalist and guitarist, or Børns. From there, head to a tech house set from Gorgon City, then to James Bay on the Mountain Stage, and Post Malone on the River Stage. After getting your fill of Post Malone, head back to the Island Stage for a minimal techno set from Kölsch. Wrap up your Osheaga, with an amazing indie set from Florence + the Machine. This will be Florence’s first set in North America since the release of her new massive album High As Hope.
OFFICIAL PRE-PARTIES AND AFTER-PARTIES
Osheaga has officially announced A TON of both pre and after parties. Most of the after parties are EDM, since they will be late night shows, but there are also a few rap after-parties. I would highly suggest the Fisher pre-party at Newspeak. For Friday, I would suggest Billy Kenny at Newspeak or Yotto at L’Astral. Billy Kenny is funky tech house and is on the famous record label- Dirtybird. Yotto is minimal and progressive house and is on the Anjunadeep record label. Both after parties go from 11pm-3am.
If you still have energy, you could follow up with another after party at STEREO Montreal from 2am-7am. STEREO will be having Âme, who is a minimal techno producer. For Saturday, I would suggest AC Slater at Le Belmont. AC Slater produces bass house and is the owner and creator of the Night Bass record label. If you can survive 3 days and nights of music and partying, I would highly suggest heading to Gorgon City at Newspeak on Sunday night. Gorgon City is a duo that produces tech house and deep house and will put on a banger show at Osheaga and at Newspeak.
Pre-Parties Thursday August 2nd:
- Fisher at Newspeak
- Ponctuation and Zouz at L’Escogriffe
- The Brooks at Le Ministère
After-Parties Friday August 3rd:
- Smokepurpp and Killy at MTELUS
- High Klassified at Le Belmont
- Yotto at L’Astral
- JETS (Machinedrum x Jimmy Edgar) at Theatre Fairmount
- Kraus and Nolife at L’Escogriffe
- Billy Kenny at Newspeak
- Âme and Day by Day at STEREO
After-Parties Saturday August 4th:
- CRi, Ryan Playground and Robert Robert at Societe des Arts Technologiques
- AC Slater at Le Belmont
- MSTRKRFT (DJ Set) at Newspeak
- Feder at L’Astral
- Phuture Positive and Tazz at STEREO
After-Parties Sunday August 5th:
- Kölsch at L’Astral
- Gorgon City at Newspeak