Montreal hosts one of the best music festivals.. Osheaga. I had the privilege to go for 2 consecutive years. The first was on August 2-4 2013 and the second one was on August 1-3 2013.
My first time at the festival was the best that I still keep smiling while writing this. I got to see Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Ellie Goulding, 2 Door Cinema Club, Ben Howard, Imagine Dragons, C2C, Jimmy Eat World, Macklemore, The Lumineers and Mumford and Sons to name a few. It was highlighted with a confetti at the end while Mumford and Sons were playing The Cave.
Music festivals is where you get to experience you normally don't do (I'm stating the obvious) . For others, partying the whole afternoon till midnight or till your feet hurts, getting into a mosh pit, crowd surfing. For me, it was overcoming my shyness for dancing in public. During our C2C, everyone was dancing. I had to join especially when they played my favorite song Happy. I carried over this year when Skrillex was playing. It was non-stop dancing. I love to dance and that was my first time going all out in public.
This year, we got to see Foster the People, AWOL Nation, Skrillex, Local Natives, The Temper Trap, Chvrches, The Kooks, Lorde and Arctic Monkeys and some EDM bands. We didn't have much bands that we really liked BUT what makes Osheaga great is it is at Montreal. This year, I went out "clubbing" and I haven't seen that much people on the streets at 3AM. I live near Toronto and I have not experienced that much "joyousness" compared to what I experienced in Montreal. Maybe downtown Toronto is too big or I just went to the wrong areas of Toronto, who knows. What I know is festivals should feel like the whole city is involved like what I am used to back in the Philippines celebrating Sinulog. Montreal knows how to party. Even going to the transit from park (Parc Jean-Drapeau) after the main act of the last day is a blast. Everyone was singing to make it easy while we were all going out at the same time.
Osheaga is a must go event at least once. If you are not a music enthusiast just go anyway. If you hate crowds, just go anyway. It is time well spent.
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