Osheaga 2017 started off on a slippery note. The relocated music festival endured torrential rain, accompanied by acts such as Solange and Noname cancelling. The start of the festival was delayed, rows of ponchos were lined up reading a message that displayed ‘the festival was temporarily suspended due to the weather.’
Yet the fans patiently waited.
As the clouds starting clearing up, and rays of sunshine became more and more apparent, the sounds of drums being checked and microphones being tested could be heard. The show was finally going to start.
Badbadnotgood, a Toronto band, showed off their augmented remakes of popular songs, using traditional strings and woodwind instruments.
Sampha brought his vocals and keyboards to Montreal, laying beats that validated why he’s worked with artists such as Drake and Kanye West.
Afterwards, Tove Lo graced the River Stage with an electrify performance, playing hit songs such as Habits, Talking Body, and Say It.
Following the path of his fellow tour mate, The Weeknd, the freshly shaved 6lack dawned his new hairstyle at the Valley Stage, spilling his emotions with tracks such as Prblms, Free, and Ex Calling.
Russ followed, throwing a party with music catered towards the younger generation.
The night’s final act was a powerful performance by Lorde, where she brought out her friend Tove Lo. They performed ‘Homemade Dynamite’ together, a first for the pair. They were accompanied by the rain, which only added to the theatrics of Lorde. The night wrapped with Lorde performing her biggest hits.
Day 2 was started off with an unfortunate update from Osheaga, informing fans that Lil Uzi will not be performing this year. It was later cited that Uzi had problems crossing the Canadian border. Tory Lanez was later announced as his replacement. However, the sun was shining and a promising day was ahead.
The day began with the Swedish rapper, Yung Lean, known for songs such as Kyoto, Hurt, and Yoshi City.
Daniel Caesar serenaded the crowd with his voice, preparing us for his upcoming album – Freudian.
Danny Brown showed off his goofy, rock star mentality, with songs such as Attak, Ain’t it Funny, and Grown Up.
Then came Tory Lanez. Though the last minute addition arrived late and only held the mic for less than an hour, he was able to replace the energy of Lil Uzi and disseminate it to the crowd. In that time frame, he was able to crowd surf not once but twice, and was able to showcase his most uptempo tracks.
OVO signee Majid Jordan completed the day with their fusion of electronic sounds and high octave vocals. The audience sang along to their songs, and the occasional relationship requests could be heard, offered by the plethora of females in the crowd.
The final day of Osheaga 2017 drew the largest crowd of the three days, as well as the most amount of sunshine. The line to enter the festival grounds were required wait times of close to one hour, and it was quickly apparent that people were here to see the final act of the festival. There was a heavy XO presence.
The 2016 XXL Freshman, Denzel Curry, instantly started a mosh with his explosive music. Big ups to Curry for having some of the greatest dreads known to this generation. He finished his set off with his viral song, Ultimate.
Opposite the stage Denzel Curry just finished performing on, Chicago native Mick Jenkins shared his positive message of spreading love.
The positive energy continued into Run the Jewels’ set, the rap duo consisting of Killer Mike and EL-P. The performance was a reminder to be aware of one’s surrounding at a music festival, with the duo stopping their set to ask the crowd to take steps back to allow breathing room for the crowd pinned against the front barricades. Killer Mike’s final soliloquy reminded the crowd of the importance of consent and self control.
Next up was Australian act, Vance Joy. His voice accompanied with a mix of guitars and ukuleles provided a different and refreshing sound compared to the acts before and after him. He finished his set with his hit single, Riptide.
The anticipation for the act following Vance Joy could be felt throughout the crowd. It didn’t take much too searching to spot the army of XO fans. Fans were ecstatic as his set was being assembled, cheering on each time a new light came on from his triangular lighting. Chants of his stage name, as well as birth name, broke out numerous times during the wait. The crowd was ready to witness the international superstar.
The headliner for the third and final day of Osheaga 2017, The Weeknd, blew fans away when he ran on stage and started his set with album standout, Starboy. The Weeknd played all his hits, and the crowd knew every word. From newer albums to older mixtapes, the crowd would not allow the Weeknd to sing alone. The end of his set was signified when fireworks went off. However, fans knew that The Weeknd had one more song left in him, and chanted his name until he came back to perform The Hills.
With The Weeknd leaving the stage a final time, it marked the end of another thrilling three days of Osheaga. Osheaga 2017 was packed with a large variety of artists, reaching every genre of music possible. Fans from all over North America returned home with bragging rights, claiming that they were able to attend the largest music festival in Canada. This music festival enduring heavy rainfall and not cancelling showed how badly the fans wanted to see the lineup. Osheaga 2018, the fans are ready for you!
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