Grab your torches and your Pitchfork, ’cause Canada’s favourite indie-centric, all-ages musical epicentre, Osheaga Music and Arts Festival, will cast its shockwaves tomorrow across the sprawl of Montreal’s own Parc Jean-Drapeau. Sponsored by telecom behemoth Virgin Mobile in collaboration with Molson Canadian (which is apparently some type of beer?), Osheaga now brings us its 8th edition of long-weekend music and mayhem. And Bandmark will be there with gothic church bells on.
The festival grows a little each year; 2006 started with 25,000 attendees and that number quadrupled by 2012. The fest now fills the whole of the former Expo 67 site on the island for its three-day run. Previous years brought us legends like Snoop Dogg, Elvis Costello, The Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire and dozens of other top acts within and beyond the indie scene.
This year, the fest is honoured to host two major panels of of interest to the black corsets and platform heel set (we know you’re out there — we can smell your clove cigarettes and they are delicious): UK New Wave goth-gods The Cure and New Order will both be with us this weekend.
Led by hairsprayed heirophant Robert Smith, The Cure have cast a long shadow of influence over post-punk and its millennial revival. Their boisterous stage shows are guaranteed to show the youngsters a thing or two about how to be miserable and have great fun doing it. More dance-tinged are the moody New Order, laying down their infamously sultry synth-pop Sunday night at the Molson Canadian Mountain Stage.
Other Osheaga headliners include current chart-burners Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers to pull all the plaid-wearers and beard-havers in, plus their alt-soft lord and master, Beck. In case you still can’t get enough scruffy beige-sounding guitar-bros, France’s own Phoenix should jangle you into something resembling satisfaction.
More diverse in sound and colour are Georgia hip-hopper Big Boi (half of legendary duo OutKast), New Orleans R&B sensation Frank Ocean, cosmic Texan post-rock prophets Explosions in the Sky, Boston Celt-punk stalwarts Flogging Molly, and Montreal’s own electrojazz-hip-hop-funksters Misteur Valaire, whom we’ve covered before.
Adding a much-needed dose of the feminine to the mostly dude-centric lineup are indie-rockers Tegan and Sara and breathy alt-pop songstress Jessie Ware. And there’s plenty more — just check the poster or the website.
We hope you’ve got your tickets, ’cause the event has been sold out for weeks now. Missed your chance? That’s a shame, but on the plus side: the sadness should be enough to goth you up for next year. Speaking of which, The Cure plays Friday night at the River Stage, and we certainly hope they take advantage of the day, because: