Osheaga has curated a brand name that is synonymous with the most popular music festivals in the world. In the past 16 years, the brand has managed to lock down artists like The Weeknd, Lorde, Dua Lipa, Big Sean, and more. In its 16th year, the festival brought out headliners Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar to close out Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and it was another fantastic festival for the books.
Thousands of Canadian and international visitors flocked to the fest in Montreal, which saw record numbers – over 150K attendees. Fans waited for hours to see their beloved artists belt it out on stage – and no one was disappointed. Clearly, Osheaga is still one of the best festivals in Canada – and attracts a global attendance as well.
I was pleasantly surprised with how the young performer crushed it on stage – her music was so well-curated as a playlist for the crowd as she switched between high-energy numbers like ‘Bad Guy,’ which saw her jumping on the stage – and so did the crowd, to crooning to ‘Ocean Eyes,’ ‘Happier Than Ever,’ and the new Barbie single, ‘What Was I Made For?’ She even brought out her brother Finneas, who has a hand in her music. It was one of the best performances that the headliner had everyone singing and dancing. She bought out Armani White, who was performing at the festival – he has a popular song named ‘Billie Eilish’ named after the singer.
One of the most fun and upbeat performances was by Sofi Tukker, a musical duo Sophie Harley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, who not only brought their hits ‘Purple Hat,’ and ‘Summer in New York,’ but also brought an energetic performance with a crew of highly talented dancers and out on a highly memorable performance.
British DJ producer Fred Gibson has made a name for himself in the industry and captivated audiences with his own unique sound. His live performance is just like his music – a blend of voice notes and conversations, offering a fresh spin on a musical experience.
A compelling artist with a distinct style, he knew how to sway the crowd and have not just his fans, but new audiences singing along too.
Closing out the festival was another Grammy winner. He not only played his best hits like ‘DNA,’ and ‘Humble’ from his award-winning album, ‘DAMN,’ but he also played his older classics and had the crowd singing along too.
Publushed by HOLR Magazine.