One of the "Great White North's" top music festivals is just around the corner and we couldn't be more excited. Osheaga Festival, held on a small island in the St Lawrence river right across from it's bigger brother the island of Montreal, is one of the most diverse and hottest in Canada. With five stages, incredible scenery, and amazing afterparties scattered across the most European city in North America, it's worth a visit this August 2 through 4 (if you can manage to find some tickets for the sold-out event). To get you all set we've got our 10 must see acts:
In my mind, English indie rockers Alt-J had the album of the year in 2012. But don't just take my word for it, their debut "An Awesome Wave" won the 2012 British Mercury Prize and best album at The Ivor Awards. Check them out on friday and see if their live show does the album justice.
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Uber cool french rockers Phoenix
will be joining Alt-J
on friday. Festival vets at this point, their live show is a thing of legend -- If you haven't caught it yet then this is definitely one performance you don't want to miss.
We're a little worried about Frank Ocean missing out due to recent vocal cord trouble but if he pulls through then this is a must see. Known for his powerful, emotional stage presence Mr. Ocean is the consummate performer.
No one does summer grooves better than Soul Clap, and what better place to catch those vibes than a beautiful island set in the middle of a river during sunny festival season?
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After 30 years of non-stop touring and performing these guys can still rock a stage better than anyone. And it's The Cure... Need we say more?
At the fore-front of the roots rock revival The Lumineers took the world by storm this year. Their foot-stomping blend of rustic folk-rock will have you whoopin' and a hollerin' the night away.
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The Compton rapper turned hip-hop on it's head this year. MTV crowned Lamar the No. 1 "Hottest MC in Game" on their well known annual list and his major label debut studio album "good kid, m.A.A.d city," was released last year to widespread critical acclaim and quickly certified double platinum. Don't kill your vibe... See Kendrick.
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Azari & III:
Canada's most unique electronic outfit Azari & III have had a banner year after their first album dropped on Montreal's own Turbo Recordings. Expect a fierce performance replete with dark summery vibes, vogueing and tons of swagger.
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Electronic music's favourite feature songstress and remix muse, Jessie Ware will be providing a touch of the ethereal at this year's Osheaga. Take a break from the rockers and hip-hoppers and see this 21st century diva bring her forward thinking pop-sound to life.
Last but not least is Disclosure.
The english brothers had a banner year. They have been consistently churning out hit after hit and their debut album Settle
was released on 3 June 2013 through PMR
. Their remix of the above mentioned Jessie Ware's
back in 2012 was their first real commercial success, charting in both the Netherlands and Belgium as well as becoming a fixture of the 2012 Festival Circuit and featuring on the annual edition of Annie Mac
presents. They followed that up with a string of massive singles including "Latch"
which peaked at number 11 in the UK Singles Chart and two consecutive top 10 hit singles in "White Noise"
(#32) and You & Me (#10). Known for amazing live performances (excluding that one Capital FM performance
) Disclosure is at the bottom of our list chronologically but at the top of it in reality.
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Two Door Cinema Club
The Gaslight Anthem
Lianne La Havas
The Head And The Heart
A Tribe Called Red
Vilify & Henward
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Tegan & Sara
Explosions In The Sky
Jimmy Eat World
Azari & Iii
Lou Doillon Cajmere
We Are Wolves
Jacques Lu Cont
Style Of Eye
Loud Lary Ajust
Mumford & Sons
Father John Misty
Charles Bradley And His Extraordinaires
Les Soeurs Boulay
Little Green Cars
Shovels & Rope