Photo Essay: Osheaga 2012
The 2012 edition of Osheaga can be summed up in one word: epic. The 3 day festival boasted an attendance record of 120,000 people as well as braving the elements. From 2 days of scorching heat to extreme downpours on the last day, it didn't phase anyone. People in barely there outfits and makeshift ponchos had a great time, including this photographer.
My Osheaga highlights starts from Friday from singing along to Franz Ferdinand to climbing on a friend's shoulders during MGMT to the amazement of 40,000 people dancing during Justice. As well, there were standouts in the crowd. The recurring New Brunswick fan to find friends in the crowd to guys dressed up like Elvis while girls were covered in paint and bikini tops. Saturday was covered in dust during A$AP Rocky then partying it up during SBTRKT. The Death Set was a crazy punk show where Johnny Siera was scaling parts of the stage. The Jesus and Mary Chain had a great crowd (at the same time as Snoop Dogg/Lion) and had a guest appearance by Montrealer and Mad Men regular Jessica Pare on stage.
Sunday had to have been my favourite day, discovering Michael Kiwanuka and Tame Impala and then enjoying Common and Santigold back to back. It was pouring during Bloc Party but fans didn't care, they screamed and crowd surfed in monsoon like conditions. An amazing and brave set, Black Angels braved the same conditions as well.I was amazed by the people at Osheaga, the ones who stay in front of the stage all day during the heat and rain and still having an amazing time. I saw the same faces during M83 and they still had great energy.
The Piknic stage each time I went by was one dance party after the next, from Zombie Disco Squad to Madeon to Knife Party. The parties got so intense on the stage the power went out. I capped off Osheaga by finally seeing Black Keys. It capped off a great 3 days with a high five from a random girl and a rain like light show from Moment Factory towards the end of the set. Here are highlights from the last 3 days: