With a lineup including Tyler The Creator, Brockhampton, Rae Sremmurd and Travis Scott the day of release of ASTROWORLD it’s hard to see the festival being anything but the best weekend of the year. The festival took place once again in Montreal at Parc Jean Drapeau on August 3rd-5th 2018. The event started at noon on the Friday, crowds formed outside and attendees from around the world chugged their last road beer before making their ways into the festival grounds. On the hip-hop front, Jack Harlow started the day with his lovable nerdy personality keeping the energy up even in the scorching heat. Jack was clearly having a good time himself, consistently talking to the crowd and exchanging playful banter. Following hip hop fans were given the treat of SmokePurpp and Nav back to back. Lil Purpp may not be known for his lyrics, but he knows how to create songs that will induce the biggest mosh pits. When the Florida rapper dropped Audi during the show it seemed as if everybody forgot about the heat and collided in the mosh. Nav soon following bringing a vibes filled performance to allow hip hop fans to catch their breath after the last act while enjoying some quality XO tunes. As the evening rolled up Rae Sremmurd took the stage with a crowd that seemed to never end. Osheaga may of regretted not putting them at a bigger stage after seeing the crowd size. The rap duo had the crowd jumping with it’s poppy rap tracks and Slim Jimmi even invited a wheelchair bound fan on stage. When the Ear Drummer’s duo finished their set, hip hop fans enjoyed a brief break to get some dinner and get good spots for the one and only Travis Scott. Unfortunately due to border problems, Travis was just over a hour late to his set. Understandably fans were not the most happy, but once the man took the stage to a debut performance of ASTROWORLD the crowd seemed to explode with energy, as if the delay never happened. The show was filled with more lights and visual eye candy than a Canada Day celebration show. Truly a wild experience, unfortunately for me the show was too much for my camera as it was broken in the process. But hey, if it’s gonna break during any show. I believe Travis Scott is a worthy event for it to happen at.
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Day 2 (August 4th, 2018)
By: Vanessa Francis
Day two of Osheaga Festival had a stacked lineup of R&B and hip-hop acts. First, we caught Khalid rocking out on the River Stage. To a packed crowd of upwards of 20,000 people, Khalid’s raw vocals had all the girls swooning. Next up, was Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals. Anderson performed many of his hits from his Malibu album. His band’s feel-good music captivated the audience and had them screaming “Yes Lawd!” throughout the hour long set. Closing the hip-hop of night was Odd Future’s Tyler The Creator. Tyler’s energetic set covered many songs from his last album, Flower Boy. True to the Odd Future experience, the crowd was like one enormous mosh as Tyler ran through his catalog performing hits like “Okra”, and “911”. The set ended day two with a bang, leaving festivalgoers on a high.
Day 3 (August 5th, 2018)
By: Vanessa Francis
Day three of Osheaga was the hottest day yet at the festival. While it rained earlier in the afternoon, skies cleared just in time for the gates to open. First artist we caught was New York rapper Saint Jhn. Performing hits from Collection One, his early set drew a large crowd of fans.
Shortly after, we caught Noname‘s set. Noname has been a staple name on 2018 festivals, as we also saw her perform at Electric Forest Festival in Michigan. Performing her 2016 Telefone album, she seemed to be tired of performing her old music, excited about her new releases to come. Next up was Goldlink. Goldlink was definitely one of our favourite performances of the weekend. His set included songs from all of his projects, and was extremely crowd interactive. When a fan in the front row held up a sign saying that it was her birthday, he acknowledged her multiple times, even having the entire crowd sing to her. The crowd went wild when he performed his hit single, “Crew”, in which he told the everyone to open up the circle and mosh.
Later in the day, we caught Post Malone. Every person who attended Osheaga seemed to be at his set, as it was a never ending sea of people. He performed hit after hit from his last two albums as the crowd sang in unison.
Rushing from Post Malone’s stage to the other side of the park, we made it to DVSN‘s performance. To a small crowd of die-hard fans, the pure vocals of DVSN’s set had girls screaming. This set looked to be the boo’d up crowd as many couples could be seen dancing in the crowd and singing to each other. If you’re in the GTA and didn’t attend Osheaga, be sure to catch them with Miguel at Echo Beach on August 26th!
Osheaga saved the best for last as Brockhampton closed out the weekend. Arguably the best set we’d seen, this modern day boy band really knows how to put on a show! Performing songs from their Saturation album, the energy was at an all-time high for their entire set. Although there are many members in the collective, each member was given their chance to shine on stage as they took turns in the limelight. Osheaga 2018 was a great weekend of fun, with good music. This year’s heavy focus of hip-hop and R&B in the lineup drew a stellar crowd. We’re looking forward to next year! Check out the full gallery of photos below: