8 Of Osheaga Music Festival's Must-See Acts!



So far this festival season, we've crisscrossed the United States, hopped the pond, and partied in Ibiza, but what about our neighbors to the north? That's where The Osheaga Festival of the Arts (or as the Quebecois say, musique et arts Osheaga) comes in. Held annually in Parc Jean-Drapeau, a park situated on beautiful Ile Ste-Hélène across from Montreal, the festival presents an annual extravaganza-filled five stages of the world's best musical acts. If that sounds like something you may be into (and hey, why wouldn't you be?), it may be worth planning a last-minute jaunt up to Canada from August 2 through 4. Below we have a complete list of the bands performing, along with eight can't-miss recommendations. Bon voyage!

Lou Doillon
French songstress Lou Doillon is favorite here at Refinery29 (see our profile of her for more). Her live performances offer a wistful take on folk and Americana.

Frank Ocean
While Frank Ocean may be taking things easy compared to last year's epic ride, his album remains on heavy rotation. Osheaga will mark nice opportunity to see him do his thing for the festival crowd.

Majical Cloudz
Together, Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto are Majical Cloudz — a synth-pop outfit that specializes in starkly emotional pop. Seeing the Montreal duo in its home environment should be especially great.

Diamond Rings
John O'Regan's synth project mixes '70s glam with 21st century pop. His live show is a can't-miss whirlwind of big hooks and dazzling theatricality.

The Breeders
Kim Deal may have dropped out of Pixies just as the band was releasing its first new material in years, but that hasn't stopped her from soldiering on with her other '90s indie group, The Breeders. And hey, who needs the Pixies when you have songs like "Cannonball" under your belt?

Phoenix
Pheonix has been on the festival circuit all summer, so chances are high that you've already caught it. If you haven't, though, Osheaga is another chance to see one of the best bands in the world do what it does best.

Tegan & Sara
The Quin twins just released their first new album in four years, and it's a winner. The duo's live show is also the best it's ever been with songs that draw from the band's long history of emotive synth-pop.

The Cure
The Cure is a workhorse. It's been touring continuously for more than 30 years with only a few lulls in activity. For any band, that is a grand achievement, but Robert Smith and company seem happy — or, more accurately, perfectly bummed out— to keep on showing us how they do their thing.

Friday
The Cure
Phoenix
Vampire Weekend
Alt-j
Ellie Goulding
Beach House
Two Door Cinema Club
Ben Howard
Azealia Banks
Baauer
The Gaslight Anthem
Lianne La Havas
Rudimental
Rich Aucoin
K-os
Daughter
Diamond Rings
Caféïne
Jake Bugg
The Head And The Heart
Jets
A Tribe Called Red
DIIV
Capital Cities
Palma Violets
Oberhofer
Carnage
Wild Belle
Ec Twins
Kidnap Kid
Vilify & Henward
Hyphen Hyphen
Millimetrik
Guards
Majical Cloudz
Ponctuation

Saturday
Beck
Frank Ocean
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Tegan & Sara
Stars
C2c
Porter Robinson
Bonobo
Flogging Molly
Explosions In The Sky
The Breeders
Bob Mould
Tricky
Jimmy Eat World
Azari & Iii
Yelawolf
Lou Doillon Cajmere
Raine Maida
We Are Wolves
Angel Haze
Grouplove
Jacques Lu Cont
The Heavy
Quadron
Wild Nothing
Style Of Eye
Soul Clap
Frank Turner
Rone
Groenland
Amtrac
Corb Lund
Loud Lary Ajust
Humans

Sunday
Mumford & Sons
New Order
The Lumineers
Kendrick Lamar
Hot Chip
Pretty Lights
Silversun Pickups
Big Boi
Father John Misty
Tommy Trash
Misteur Valaire
Charles Bradley And His Extraordinaires
Disclosure
Gramatik
Robert Delong
Frightened Rabbit
Death Grips
Jessie Ware
Les Soeurs Boulay
Hollerado
Holy Ghost!
Icona Pop
The Neighbourhood
Atlas Genius
Little Green Cars
Twin Forks
The Knocks
Floating Points
Dvbbs
Jackmaster
Shovels & Rope
Hannah Georgas
Mndr
Dusted
Bad Things
Nightbox
Odezenne