Called in to replace A$AP Rocky as Saturday’s headliner at Osheaga, Future did his job well. Under repeated streams of fire and smoke, the Atlanta native rapper finished the second day of the festival strong.
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“Montreal, it’s been a while! After taking the stage between two columns of fire while interpreting his verse from Life is goodIn collaboration with Drake, Future went to great lengths to blow up visitors to Parc Jean-Drapeau.
Dressed in a pink shirt, damaged hat and diamond necklace, the 38-year-old rapper interacted with festival goers on several occasions. ” This is the type of public that I love! “, he told them, among other things.
The headliner performed songs from her new album, I never liked you, but he hasn’t forgotten about his most popular topics. Listen Unmask, relationship, way 2 sexy Where Bugatti, its amateurs he completed the lyrics with ease when the music stopped.
Right in front of him, singer Burna Boy made the spectators sing along. Originally from Nigeria, he brought a touch of exoticism to this cool summer day. Meanwhile, French duo Polo & Pan took them on a ‘trip’, so to speak, with tropical-tinged house music on one of the secondary stages. DJ Porter Robinson closed the evening in this space.
In a completely different style, the duo 100 gecs transported their amateurs in another dimension thanks to hypnotic visual effects and crazy costumes, at sunset.
At the end of the evening, singer-songwriter Mitski bewitched Montrealers with a mix of power and sweetness on stage. Feline, she kept a serious air and moved with a mock sensuality.
Toronto alternative rock trio Monowhales, Canadian-Moroccan singer-songwriter Faouzia and American pop rock group LANY took turns on the two main stages throughout the afternoon. Swedish singer Tove Lo and New Jersey rock band Bleachers also performed.
“From the beginning, the DNA of the festival has been book a little different business from the others,” Osheaga founder Nick Farkas told us in an interview this week.
One after another, these artists greeted the waves of spectators who settled on the great hill, who stood near the food kiosks or who concentrated as close to the stage as possible. The atmosphere of the day remained pleasant from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., without interruption.
Artists love the site. We’re lucky to have Parc Jean-Drapeau – there’s nothing like it in Toronto or anywhere else.
Nick Farkas, Founder of Osheaga
“I worked at La Ronde when I was 15 and it’s still special every time I go,” adds the festival’s founder.
If this first edition of Osheaga’s “back to normal” is going very well so far, it’s thanks to the hard work of its employees over the last two years. In particular, they fixed the site’s technical snags and redesigned the programming on several occasions, while facing an increase “in virtually all prices” and a constraining labor shortage.
Among the changes that he is proud of, Nick Farkas points out the displacement of certain technical teams. “We moved the sound systems to the sides, on the main stage, so the middle is free,” he explains. We’ve spent years looking for a way to not have a huge control room directly blocking the view of festival goers. »
For us, the experience of amateurs, this is the most important issue. We always want to find better ways of doing things.
Nick Farkas, Founder of Osheaga
After the Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend, the Osheaga weekend is the most fruitful for Montreal’s tourism industry, the Greater Montreal Hotel Association said in Press in June. “A lot of people tell me that,” adds Mr. Farkas. If we are able to contribute to Montreal’s economy, we are always happy. »
The Foo Fighters, who were due to open on Friday, have been mourning their drummer Taylor Hawkins since March. Arcade Fire has arrived as backup. And on Saturday, Future replaced A$AP Rocky, who is in trouble with the law. The only one who did not withdraw, Dua Lipa, already performed last week at the Bell Center.
By 2023, Osheaga’s management says it will be better prepared to counter headline instability. “In the previous 14 years, we’ve only lost a headliner once,” recalls Nick Farkas. We’re really in adaptation mode now. »
Dua Lipa will be in charge of closing the parties this Sunday night. Machine Gun Kelly, Glass Animals, Idles and Girl in Red are also among the headliners for this third and final day.
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