Osheaga 2015 weekend preview – Montreal festival turns 10 this year

June 1, 2015
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NasNas will headline Saturday night at Osheaga 2015

Osheaga is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year! With 117 headliners of a variety of genres, it promises to be a wicked mid-summer festival for all different types of people. Let’s hope the sun shines bright all the way through!

Where?
Osheaga is held on the beautiful, waterfront, dual-island park in Montreal, Quebec – Parc Jean-Drapeau. Looking over the St.Lawrence river, that waterfront breeze makes this an awesome summer festival venue.

Line up
Enjoy three days filled with over 30 acts daily, in the heart of Montreal’s beautiful waterfront venue on the islands downtown. Coming up on its tenth year of the annual music and arts festival, Osheaga is ready for another great year. Although this isn’t a camping friendly festival, you can find a list of rated accommodation suggestions on the Osheaga website.

Big acts that we’ve been seeing on most of the festival line ups like Tyler, The Creator, Kendrick Lamar and Alvvays will be headlining the festival and there are some that are especially alluring, like The Black Keys, or Of Monsters and Men.

Alvvays at 2015 SiriusXM Indie Awards, Toronto - photo Lucy Sky, Music Vice

Patrick Carney recently returned to the live scene, playing his first show since injuring his shoulder in January, at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona and will be headlining on the third day with the Black Keys, along with Tyler, The Creator – who also played the Primavera Sound Festival.

On top of playing the Toronto Urban Roots Festival, you can catch the growing Icelandic sensation, Of Mice and Men, at Osheaga. The band is touring the continent, promoting their upcoming LP, Beneath the Skin. Having just released their latest song off of the LP, “Hunger”, with an official lyric video. This will be the band’s second LP and is set to be released on June 9th via Republic Records.

Those, among many other great bands will take the stage in Montreal’s core.

Here is the complete line-up:

Picture of Florence and The Machine performing at Hop Farm Festival 2009 - photo by Lauren Towner, Music Vice

DAY ONE, JULY 31st –

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
OF MONSTERS AND MEN
STROMAE
THE AVETT BROTHERS
THE DECEMBERISTS
SCHOOLBOY Q
FKA TWIGS
CHET FAKER
MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS
RL GRIME
ANGUS & JULIA STONE
IRON & WINE WITH BEN BRIDWELL
THE THURSTON MOORE BAND
THE KILLS
RUN THE JEWELS
GRACE POTTER
GUSTER
GTA
A TRIBE CALLED RED
BRODINSKI
BAHAMAS
G-EAZY
CASHMERE CAT
SHAKEY GRAVES
THE FRANKLIN ELECTRIC
VIET CONG
TWENTY ONE PILOTS
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN
STRAND OF OAKS
YOUNG FATHERS
FLICFLAC
DMA’S
SANGO
MILK & BONE
HERMITUDE
SKYLAR SPENCE
CRI
JOHN JACOB MAGISTERY
PONI

DAY TWO, AUGUST 1st –

NAS
BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS
KYGO
INTERPOL
PATRICK WATSON
ROBIN SCHULZ
CARIBOU
OLIVER HELDENS
ST. VINCENT
MILKY CHANCE
YOUNG THE GIANT
HUDSON MOHAWKE
ACTION BRONSON
ART DEPARTMENT
CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS
ARKELLS
ALVVAYS
ARIANE MOFFATT
WHAT SO NOT
YUNG LEAN & SAD BOYS
DAPHNI
KLANGKARUSSELL
THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE
DESAPARECIDOS
SLOW MAGIC
LION BABE
ANAMANAGUCHI
PEKING DUK
PIERRE KWENDERS
BISHOP NEHRU
NOTHING
LEIKELI47
LEISURE CRUISE
THE OBGMS
BERNHARI
DAS MÖRTAL

DAY THREE, AUGUST 2nd –

THE BLACK KEYS
ALT-J
EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS
HOT CHIP
THE WAR ON DRUGS
FUTURE ISLANDS
BANKS
BRAND NEW
TYLER, THE CREATOR
FATHER JOHN MISTY
JAMES BAY
CHARLI XCX
TORO Y MOI
TOVE LO
MS MR
GARY CLARK JR
ZHU
FIRST AID KIT
PHILIP SELWAY
BROODS
RYN WEAVER
TEN WALLS
SYLVAN ESSO
DUSKY
GLASS ANIMALS
X AMBASSADORS
GOLDROOM
BOB MOSES
KLÔ PELGAG
SZA
N’TO
EZ3KIEL
SAN FERMIN
RAURY
COASTS
JESSICA HERNANDEZ & THE DELTAS
THYLACINE
CORDELIA & THE BUFFALO

Arts
Osheaga takes pride in 10 great years of music, but also in showcasing all forms of art. This year will feature work from the Station 16 Gallery, animators from the NFB, graduates of UQÀM’s Design program, Wayne White, and street artists WhatIsAdam from Montreal and Hot Tea from the US.

Tickets, transportation and accomodations

* General Admission $275, all fees included
3-day general admission festival pass valid for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

* Gold Pass, $550, all fees included
The pass includes a 3-day general admission festival pass valid for all days of the festival, with some perks. Osheaga Terrasse access – a multi-level platform with a better view of both main stages, only for gold and platinum pass holders. Private washrooms and separate food & beverage stands at the Terrasse.

* Platinum Pass (sold out)
The pass entitles you to a 3-day general admission festival pass valid for the whole festival, with a lot of perks. You get access to the Osheaga Terrasse, a multi-level platform with a better view of both of the main stages. Access to the VIP festival lounge located backstage with exclusive food & beverage stands, VIP bathrooms, huge screen showing the live performances, phone charging stations tickets to the DJ afterparty and shuttles to other afterparties in town. Best of all for those who hate waiting in line, Fast Lane festival entry.

For those only interested in the line-up on a specific day, or can only make it out for a single day can also buy single day passes.

General Admission $100
This is a single day general admission pass valid for Friday, or Saturday, or Sunday.

GOLD PASS $225, all fees included
This pass is good for single day general admission pass valid on Friday, or Saturday, or Sunday. You also have access to the Osheaga Terrasse, an exclusive multi-level platform with a better view of the two main stages, access to private washrooms and exclusive food & beverage stands at the Terrasse.

All passes are non-transferable RFID bracelets and the prices include taxes and service charges.

* The Osheaga Train Package, $165, all fees included

If you want an affordable way to get to the festival from Toronto safely, without driving, the train package is a must.

The package includes round trip train transportation on the Osheaga Train from Toronto to Montreal. Departures are as follows:
Departure – Thursday, July 30th at 5pm from Union Station in Toronto / arrives at Gare Centrale in Montreal at 9:32pm
Return – Monday, August 3rd at 11:50am from Gare Centrale in Montreal / arrives at Union Station in Toronto at 4:44pm
Everyone who boards the Osheaga Train is entered for a chance to win access to the Vans 1966 Lounge – a train car on the Osheaga Train complete with live music, giveaways and complimentary beverages.

A list of suggested and rated accommodations nearby can be found on the Osheaga website.

Tickets are available on the Osheaga site, or through StubHub.

Osheaga is a huge outdoor festival this summer and with nine years of amazing turnouts to judge from, you should get your tickets now!

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