Looking forward to Osheaga

Festivals initial lineup features eclectic mix

by Katrina Caruso

Osheaga will be back again this year on July 31 and August 1 with The Arcade Fire, Weezer, Metric, Pavement and The National headlining the event.

Osheaga is Montreal’s summertime music and arts festival for alternative and independent artists. An early view of the line-up for Osheaga’s fifth annual festival was released last week on their website, and caused quite a stir, with mixed thoughts on the bands performing.

“I’m 95% sure that I will be going to this year’s festival because I already love the initial line-up,” said Michelle Creeley, a fourth semester North South student.

However, Natasha Teich, a fourth semester student in Social Science at Lasalle College, had another opinion. “They [Metric] come to Montreal all the time! Headliners should be special, and not a band that people will see written in Montreal’s zines and papers every season. And Weezer? I think half of the world hates them. It all depends how they are going to divide the artists into the two days too,” she said.

To name a few smaller bands set to perform this year: Stars, Deadmau5, Keane, The Black Keys, The Cat Empire, Jamie Lidell, Sarah Harmer. Chromeo and other artist will be performing off-island during the festival as well.

Osheaga is a down-to-earth, eclectic environment, with lots of grassy space at Parc Jean-Drapeau on which to mellow out and enjoy the atmosphere. It boasts much merchandise to be had, and often showcases local artists.

“I love the vibe at the festival. It’s a great way to learn about new artists and see a whole bunch of the ones you already love at the same time. I also love that it’s outdoors,” said Creeley.

The festival first started in 2006 and has brought such bands as Coldplay, The Killers, La Roux, Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys, The

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, and MGMT to Montreal for the two day musical extravaganza.

“I’m definitely going this year, even if the bands suck hard because it’s always an experience to have a good time and make friends,” said Teich.

Early bird tickets went on sale on Monday March 22 at a special low price, but sold out soon after. Never fear, tickets are usually on-sale even days before the date, and seating and standing space is rarely an issue, as the area is open and lofty.

If you’re disappointed with the initial artists, changes to the line-up are probable; it is expected that more bands will join on closer to show time.

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