Osheaga 2016 was nothing short of an intense, deep-burning summer love affair. With gorgeous weather all weekend, unbelievable musical performances, mouth-watering food and drink, interactive installations and stunning art montages, the festival fling was a hot, whistle-enticing 10/10. Sure, it left bruises as happy crowds excitedly bumped into each other; there were some wicked sunburns, ringing ears, and some festivalgoers are surely still recovering—but isn’t true love supposed to hurt?
Decompoz was there so soak it all up—from the very first acts on Friday to the last bittersweet after parties on Sunday night. From day one, the festival vibe was contagious. Everywhere you looked there were people smiling, laughing, singing, and flaunting all kinds of incredible dance moves. Between the body glitter, dusty sneakers, and rampant water hoses cooling down pulsing crowds, it was virtually impossible to keep away form the amazing energy. The Decompoz team rolled up their sleeves, put on their waterproof camera lenses, and dove deep into the hands-on festival experience.
The backstage experience was also something to rave about. Getting a look behind the scenes and watching all the dedicated members that made Osheaga a reality was an incredibly special time. Apart from running interviews with Busty and The Bass, Foreign Diplomats and lounging with other artists, the Media Tent quickly became the respite zone where the Decompoz crew sat down to hydrate and catch a breath between sets. But before long, the team was right back in the action where they belonged!
With six stages set up to host an eclectic line-up of talented artists, the only problems were trying to choose which bands to check out and not getting too distracted with the incredible interactive art installations on the way to the shows. This year’s focus was on Canadian and local talent and how they influence the festival experience. Apart from the water fountain, which was fun and essential under the hot sun, the enchanted forest on site was absolutely magical.
After bustling through herds of people and taking the time to sneak a snack from one of the many amazing food tents like Le Cheese, Kitchen 73, Kono Pizza, Prana, or Mikado, the wisest festivalgoers took recovery time-outs at the relaxation areas which were equipped with comfy seats, mobile phone charging stations, and of course, WiFi. But with amazing musical performances running day and night, resting time never lasted long.
With appearances like Cypress Hill, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Radio Head, Osheaga served as a huge blast from the past for many people who were all too happy to relive the 90’s while happily splitting their day watching newer bands on the Electro, Jazz, Rap, and Indie sides of town. With a perfect mix of both older and younger generations, the diversity in the crowd only enhanced the weekend’s positive energy.
They say that sometimes when you love something, you have to let it go. With heavy hearts, Osheaga lovers wave goodbye to one of the ultimate summer festivals of the year. As the days get shorter and the nostalgia sets in, one would think the situation was hopeless, but that’s not quite the case, because they also say the best love comes back. With Osheaga, this is not only a certainty, but also an understatement. In July 2017, the festival will be back, and it’ll be stronger than ever.
Until then, vive l’amour!
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For more information about Osheaga, here is their official website.
Decompoz Magazine Osheaga Team:
Julien Laperrière - Photographer
Iris Esquivel - Writer
Daniel Esteban - Videographer
Rachel Machalani - Creative Direction & Post Production