Happy 10th Birthday, Osheaga

Osheaga rang in their 10th birthday this weekend with a guest list of 135,000 fans and friends crammed onto a tiny island. With a mix of some of their best headliners from the last few years – ranging from Schoolboy Q to Florence and the Machine, Alt-J to Marina and the Diamonds, and Kendrick Lamar to The Black Keys – there was something to please any type of musicphile that showed up for the party.

Some highlights from our weekend? Obviously not the 12-hour road trip, nor the abundance of crop-tops, short shorts, and man buns (but, really, what do you expect?), and definitely not the lot of over-served teens that took over Parc Jean Drapeau for three days.

Milky Chance was the biggest surprise of the weekend, serving up an energetic mid-day dance party in the sweatiest heatwave of an afternoon. Thank god for the shaded media tents to give us a reprieve when we needed it.

Tove Lo is a new addition to my playlist that I was looking forward to seeing live and she definitely brought the goods all the way from Sweden. Her set had us singing along to every song, while the whole crowd swayed in enchantment.

Kendrick Lamar can basically do no wrong in my eyes and with a guest appearance by Mos Def (yes, he actually showed up for this), this Saturday night closing performance – accompanied by the weekly Old Port fireworks, no less – made the resulting two-hour walk home over the bridge worth it (I think; I’m still deciding).

I think I can safely say that this is the first time I left Osheaga not dreading ever going back again – I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I drank enough beer to not feel my throbbing knees, or just a renewed positive attitude towards realizing you need to take it for what it is – and if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

Well, that’s it for another year of dirty, dusty, sweaty fun at Canada’s largest music festival! See you next year, pizza cones.

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