Osheaga 2013 is less than two weeks away. That, along with missing Just for Laughs, Jazz Fest, the new food trucks (street meat!!) and hikes up to Mile End for St Viateur bagels is enough to make anyone severely nostalgic for Montreal summer days and nights. Fortunately, I am very happy in my Australian life and will only feel slight pangs of jealousy when you all start increasingly posting about this epic indie festival.
Like previous years, Osheaga 2013 features a string of highly talented artists previously featured on Snapshots and Needle Drops. This year’s round up include: Alt-J, Frightened Rabbit, Imagine Dragons, Tegan and Sarah, Vampire Weekend, Rich Aucoin, Icona Pop, The Neighbourhood, Stars, The Heavy, The Lumineers, Ben Howard, The Head and the Heart and Pretty Lights.
If you get a chance to grab little-known Rich Aucoin’s show- do it. I saw him at the Montreal Jazz Fest a couple years ago when my friends and I weren’t really feeling the B52s on the main stage. This guy was playing in a parking lot nearby- high energy, confetti balloons, parachutes- what more could you ask for?
On my Osheaga 2013 wishlist would be to see Daughter play an acoustic set on the very low-key War Child stage.
“Youth” by Daughter
The War Child stage is a low-key venue off in the grass where musicians show up and play acoustic versions of their songs. Volunteers walk through the lounging crowd collecting money for their cause. Some of my favourite performances of the festival have been on this stage.
If you’re looking for a little set-list to get you in the Osheaga mood- or if you just like quality beats, check out this 2013-line-up inspired playlist. Listen to it, heart it, repeat it. Playlist here.