Osheaga 2022: 120,000 viewers and breathtaking images

The death of Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins allowed Arcade Fire to save his adopted home’s festival on Friday, while A$AP Rocky’s legal troubles preventing him from establishing himself in Canada prompted the arrival of Future. which heats the Parc Jean-Drapeau on Saturday.

In the entire history of the festival, there had only been one headlining cancellation, namely more than a decade ago, when the Yeah Yeah Yeahs had to replace the Beastie Boys due to illness.

And the other headliner (Dua Lipa) decided to play a week before the festival (at the Bell Center).begins Nick Farkas, Evenko’s vice president of concerts and events, who has spearheaded Osheaga since its inception in 2006. I couldn’t be happier under the circumstanceshe added while listing the factors that have been problematic this year.

%. Et le logement… Écoute. J’ai trouvé une chambre pour quelqu’un la semaine passée à 1200$. À Longueuil, il y a des chambres à 500$ la nuit.”,”text”:”La COVID, l’inflation et la difficulté de se loger en ville. Vas-tu réserver une chambre hôtel et un billet d’avion non remboursable à l’avance si c’est pour contracter la COVID une semaine avant le festival? L’inflation a mené à une hausse des coûts de production de 15 à 20%. Et le logement… Écoute. J’ai trouvé une chambre pour quelqu’un la semaine passée à 1200$. À Longueuil, il y a des chambres à 500$ la nuit.”}}”>COVID, inflation and the difficulty of finding accommodation in the city. Will you book a hotel room and non-refundable plane ticket in advance if you contract COVID a week before the festival? Inflation has increased production costs by 15-20%. And apartments… Listen. I found someone a room for $1200 last week. In Longueuil there are rooms for 500 dollars a night.he continues.

Also this year there is the Just for Laughs Festival and an AIDS conference in Montreal. It’s excellent for the city, not so good for us. »

A quote from Nick Farkas, Vice President of Concerts and Events at Evenko

As a result, instead of the usual 65% festival-goers from Ontario and the United States, the ratio of Quebec residents to non-Quebec residents is 50:50.

: 120000personnes, pour nous, c’est quand même une bonne année. On a vécu des années à 135000, mais c’est un gros succès après des années de pandémie.”,”text”:”Je n’ai jamais autant entendu parler français sur le site. Les ventes des derniers jours ont été exceptionnelles: 120000personnes, pour nous, c’est quand même une bonne année. On a vécu des années à 135000, mais c’est un gros succès après des années de pandémie.”}}”>I have never heard so much French spoken on the site. Sales in the last few days have been exceptional: 120,000 people, it’s still a good year for us. We’ve lived 135,000 years, but it’s a huge achievement after years of the pandemic.

The slow transformation

Since its inception, the Osheaga Festival has changed. Initially focused on alternative musical trends from pop and rock (Sonic Youth as the first headliner), it has evolved depending on genre and time.

In the past ten years, artists from pop, rock and hip-hop have performed most frequently at each of the three closing nights on the river stage. And this diversity is measured by the entire program, which contains many discoveries. More than ever, Osheaga has become a huge music buffet where everyone can find something to their liking. Overview of some performances that could be seen this weekend.

Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo performed in front of the Osheaga audience on Saturday.

Photo: Courtesy – evenko / Pat Beaudry

Iridescent Dua Lipa

I missed the Dua Lipa concert at the Bell Center a few days ago, but the Osheaga festival-goers didn’t miss out. After a visual opening on giant screens similar to the end credits of a TV series, in which each of the artist’s dancers were introduced by their name, the concert began with a lively rendition of Physically in which musicians and singers were involved.

Numerous and varied choreographies, accessories (umbrellas, roller skates, fabric hearts) and visual projections (pink flamingos, huge disco ball) encased and colored the impressive stage production.

In all this mess, the Brit shone with her sparkling and transparent outfit, her feline grace and a mezzo-soprano voice with all her fire. Her dancers carried her at arm’s length while she sang Pretty please and she dropped the serious register for an irony good in bed while the cherries rolled across the screens. Big dance-pop at the end of the festival.

MGK explosive

Just before Dua Lipa, Machine Gun Kelly came to present us with a type of concert that we know well, but with an even greater power than before. The rockiest rapper there is also offers us an unusual scenic device (a semblance of an airplane on stage, whatever…).

Between the rap tirades, the American’s sound envelope is noticeably more arena-rock oriented. Slightly conventional, but devilishly effective. Additionally, this return to Osheaga allowed us to see new touring guitarist at work, British sensation Sophie Lloyd, who has garnered a following for millions of netizens with her covers of rock classics. Steaming, lady.

Just weird, MGK doesn’t know how to stop in time. He was already ten minutes over his time limit when the sound cut out on his last song. It reminded us of The Cure in 2013, that.

The trending moment

It doesn’t fail every year. There’s an artist or group that’s causing a stir among hip music lovers, music industry figures, and the media. Like, you have to be there. This year, Wet Leg was the chosen one.

The duo of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers – accompanied by two other musicians – entered the Baumbühne early Sunday evening. Left rock from Isle of Wight-born artists can be melodic, aggressive or dissonant. Pop, rock, punk spices and grunge guitars around the edges. Forty-five minutes of delicious bliss that ended with the tube burst lounge chair which started the buzz a few months ago.

From father to son

Music history is full of children who wanted to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Following Ravi Coltrane (John Coltrane), Carrie and Wendy Wilson (Brian Wilson), and Jakob Dylan (Bob Dylan), to name a few, Elijah Hewson, son of Paul Hewson (Bono), joined the cohort.

Hewson and his colleagues from Irish group Inhaler made their Canadian debut with the compositions from their disc It won’t always be like this and the rush was very large on Sunday in front of the green stage.

If Elijah has a head that is very reminiscent of his father’s when he was young, this is less true of his voice, which is nonetheless very solid. During the 45-minute performance, I told myself that I liked this rock with an alternative flavor that has some affinities with the U2 of the beginnings, but no more.

The singer and guitarist of the group Inhaler stand on stage during a musical performance.

The group Inhaler during their performance in Osheaga.

Photo: Tim Schnee/Evenko

Still, Inhaler has some good catchy songs up its sleeve, if not overwhelmingly strong. On the other hand, there is nothing to throw away either, a testament to beautiful design consistency. We can’t wait to see them at an indoor concert in Montreal where they will be the headliners.

His name is Fender

Fender. SamFender. With a name like that, one is destined to play rock with the guitar of the same name. Great success on its first visit in 2019, Fender had a thankless seat on Sunday, the first concert on the river stage at 2:40 p.m.

The Australian didn’t care, he said so much – and seemed happy to be on stage in Montreal. Between well bound offers like Started and bring you downhe provided some anecdotes of this tour that he had never thought of because of the pandemic.

The crowd, who reacted loudly to the guitar salvos – he played several of them – gave him back his enthusiasm. So much so that when the last notes of Seventeen go down was heard after just 40 minutes, with viewers singing the tune of the song hoping for the singer and guitarist’s return, which proved impossible. It was too short, too early. The programmers chose the wrong time slot here.

do the broadcast

There are artists who do a show and there are artists who do a show. Tove Lo ticked both boxes on Saturday afternoon. The Swede, who wore star-studded leggings that would be all the rage at the Lasso Festival in two weeks’ time, stormed the river stage in her usual vibrant attire while she performed bikini porn. No room for ambivalence.

Singer Tove Lo on stage in front of her drummer and keyboardist.

Tove Lo is best known for her song “Habits”, which was released in 2014.

Photo: Courtesy – evenko / Pat Beaudry

For 50 minutes she wowed the crowd with her songs (cool girl, will you tell her, clothes (stay up), Disco Tits), which fuses dance, synthpop, electro and even shows her boobs to the public, twice rather than once. Also imitated by several admirers in the crowd, by the way. Among the novelties proposed is the song of the relational tear how long and the breaking ballad Nobody dies of lovewho ended the performance demonstrated that this artist really has depth.

The heirs to the E Street Band

Been to Bleachers? Even those who didn’t know who this band that performed after Tove Lo was, guessed it in two or three songs. Originally from New Jersey, the members of the Jack Antonoff gang are Bruce Springsteen’s heirs.

In the foreground the singer and guitarist of the group Bleachers in front of the microphone.

The group Bleachers took the stage in Osheaga on Saturday.

Photo: Courtesy – evenko / Pat Beaudry

Let’s get married, How dare you want more and I want to improve could practically be B-sides of E Street Band recordings from 1973-1980. roller coaster picks up the melody The rise Opening before turning into a Rosalita-like explosion.

While the guitars, Evan Smith and Zem Audu’s saxophones and the two drums reached their peak You’re still a mystery We saw dozens of festival goers running on the floor. For a few minutes we were no longer in Parc Jean-Drapeau but on the beach at Asbury Park in New Jersey.

Become one with the music

Mitski was a real crush during his visit to Osheaga in 2019, treating us to something of a choreographed table-and-chair ballet on one of the festival’s small stages. This Saturday, on the big stage of the mountain, the performance of the Japanese-American was more explosive without ever deviating from its theatrical aspect.

Mitski on stage, sings into the microphone.

Mitski, full name Mitski Miyawaki, is a Japanese-American singer-songwriter.

Photo: Courtesy – evenko / Pat Beaudry

Mitski connects to his music in a way few artists do. His body is an extension of his art and work. While love me morewhen she sings love me more, love enough to clean me up“,”text”:”love me more, love enough to clean me up”}}”>Love me more, love enough to clean me upShe pretends to wash herself. While Working for the knifeher microphone replaces a dagger she runs across her body.

To the I do not smokeit’s nothing short of kicks in the air, worthy of a Bruce Lee kung fu movie, framing his performance while he’s at it should have been meshe knocks frantically on the closed door on the stage. Captivating voice, music that blends the best of pop and alternative rock, rich performance and sophistication on the menu for this notable performance.

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