5 soul-crushing scheduling conflicts at Osheaga 2017
Another year, another edition of Osheaga – and with it, another schedule full of artists you like, but won’t necessarily get to see. Like any other major festival in the entire world, Osheaga 2017 is full of heartbreaking scheduling conflicts that’ll either make you have to make a gut-wrenching decision over which artist to see out of a couple that are playing at the same time, or make you watch the first 20 minutes of one artist and then run like hell to another stage to watch that other band you want to see.
Us here at Shoeclack know that pain all too well, and we’ll have to flex our problem-solving muscles as soon as we arrive at this year’s festival. Here are five of the biggest scheduling dilemmas at this year’s Osheaga.
Angel Olsen vs. BadBadNotGood
With her third album My Woman making it onto many “Best Of” album lists last year and bringing her greater commercial success, indie folk singer-songwriter Angel Olsen has seen her more rock-inspired turn in her musical direction pay off big-time, and she’s an equally solid live performer as well. Meanwhile, Toronto jazz-hop wunderkinds BadBadNotGood have built on their already strong reputation and following after releasing their fourth album IV last year, in addition to 2015’s Ghostface Killah collab LP Sour Soul. Both artists come from different musical worlds, but both are brimming with talent, finesse and high entertainment value.
Angel Olsen: 2:45-3:25 p.m., Friday August 4, Scène de la Rivière Virgin Mobile
BadBadNotGood: 2:45-3:25 p.m., Friday August 4, Scène Vert Sonnet
Justice vs. 6LACK
If you’re an EDM fan, this will likely be a no-brainer for you, as Justice continue to deliver hard-hitting music and even punchier live shows a full decade after they broke onto the scene with their debut album Cross (†). That said, fast-rising alternative R&B singer 6LACK (pronounced “black”) isn’t to be ignored either, as he’s gone from being a SoundCloud favourite to an Interscope signee with a solid debut album Free 6LACK and a platinum-selling single “PRBLMS”. If you can’t decide between simultaneously dancing and fist-pumping or a more moody – yet very bassy and trappy – affair, you can’t go wrong between either one.
Justice: 8:30-9:45 p.m., Friday August 5, Scène de la Montagne Coors Light
6lack: 8:55-9:40 p.m., Friday August 5, Scène de la Vallée Vans
Major Lazer vs. Father John Misty vs. PUP
The dreaded three-way festival clash strikes again: Major Lazer are very well-established as one of the premier EDM acts of this decade (even though their current musical output is largely dancehall-oriented); Father John Misty put out a very strong – and heavily political – followup to his 2015 album I Love You, Honeybear with January’s Pure Comedy; and Toronto punks PUP bring as much firepower to the stage as they did on record, particularly their Polaris short-listed sophomore album The Dream is Over. Three different artists for three different types of music fans, but if your tastes are completely across the board, this is no doubt a hearbreaker.
Major Lazer: 8:20-9:20 p.m., Saturday August 5, Scène de la Montagne Coors Light
Father John Misty: 8:20-9:20 p.m., Saturday August 5, Scène de la Vallée Vans
PUP: 8:05-8:55 p.m., Saturday August 5, Scène des Arbres SiriusXM
Run the Jewels vs. Little Dragon
After a surprise release on Christmas Eve of their third album Run the Jewels 3, Killer Mike and El-P are ready to bring their hard-nosed yet highly eclectic and socially conscious style of rap music back to Osheaga once again, and the pure energy of both the duo and the crowd during their live sets is something to behold. Little Dragon, who first garnered attention around the turn of this decade, are still trucking along and blazing through the festival circuit, this time off the back of their downtempo and R&B-flavoured fifth album Season High, released back in April. This dilemma depends on if you’re still looking to go hard on the last day of the festival, or if you’re all partied out and rather just chill.
Run the Jewels: 5:40-6:30 p.m., Sunday August 6, Scène de la Rivière Virgin Mobile
Little Dragon: 5:40-6:30 p.m., Sunday August 6, Scène Vert Sonnet
The Weeknd vs. Death from Above
He may be a full-on pop-R&B artist at this stage in his career, but Abel Tesfaye (better known as the Weeknd) is unquestionably one of the biggest ones of his kind in the world right now. As a result, he’s a solid booking for Osheaga to have secured for this year’s festival – even though he did play the Bell Centre back in May. If you already saw him at that show and enjoy kinetic, lightning-paced dance-punk, then you’ll want to head on over to watch Death from Above (formerly Death from Above 1979) instead, as they’ll bring a sound and energy that feels even stronger and louder live than on record – and especially more than you’d expect from a two-piece band.
The Weeknd: 9:20-10:50 p.m., Sunday August 6, Scène de la Rivière Virgin Mobile
Death From Above 1979: 9:20-10:30 p.m., Sunday August 6, Scène Vert Sonnet