Waiting for a concert to start on the MainStage
In the VIP section on our last day at Osheaga
Poutine – A Canadian classic of fries, gravy and cheese curds
Cheesing it with G’s rolled up jeans!
A water installment at Osheaga
NYX Osheaga get ready station
Death Cab my love!
G and I watching Haim
A cool installment in the park
More pics at this amazing installment
My nother boyfriend and 2nd favorite band The Wombats – the lead singer and I share a birthday 7/23/84!
The cutest oversized sunnies at the Festival
All the passes we couldn’t take off for days! I felt like I was a hospital patient
A few weeks ago G and I headed to Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was our first festival and we had decided to go on a whim after learning that my favorite band (Death Cab for Cutie) and G’s favorite band (Red Hot Chili Peppers) were both playing the festival. The festival hosted loads of uber talented artists including Lana Del Ray, The Wombats, Radiohead and many others. I didn’t know what to expect at this festival so here I’ll share my tips for 3 days of festival fun.
Ensure that your tickets are in order and that your flights line up with dates and times for the festival. If you are traveling to a new place, read a bit about the city you’ll be heading to and ensure your lodging is pre arranged. Cities often are bursting at the seams from festivals like this so you don’t want to chance not having a place to stay. We stayed in hotel style university housing but would most likely rent an Air B’nB if we went to another festival so that we would have more space. Ensure that you have email confirmations for tickets and flights just in case you run into problems while traveling. G left our Osheaga tickets at home on accident but luckily because he had all confirmations we were able to pick up new wristbands for a small fee ($10). If you are overwhelmed by crowds look into VIP tickets. We purchased Gold Level VIP tickets for this festival and the access to food, restrooms and general spacing and seating was drastically improved! Research where the festival is in relation to where you are staying and sort out how you will get there. Download the festival app – most festivals have one and plan out who and what you’d like to see.
DAY 1 of Osheaga
I knew I wanted to be comfortable while feeling pretty because 90% of the time you are standing to see the shows. I wore a dress on the first day with flat studded sandals. There were some grassy areas and areas without dirt and because it was the first day I tried to stick to those areas. We had requested a subway map and bought 3-day tickets the previous day so we planned our route and the 1st day shows we wanted to catch. You literally walk directly out of the subway into Jean Drapeau park so that was super simple. We were able to see Elle King, Silversun Pickups, The Wombats, Cypress Hill, The Lumineers and Red Hot Chili Peppers on the first day. It was pretty epic! Moving between the stages at the festival was relatively easy. The food was pretty junky and so luckily we had eaten a good lunch and were okay with a few snacks. We left during the last few songs of the night because the crowds were insane and because of this exiting the park took about 25 minutes.
DAY 2 of Osheaga
The second day I mimicked my first day look with another cotton dress and flat sandals. WE headed to the festival a bit later and caught Bastille, Haim, Death Cab for Cuties and Lana Del Ray. Haim was such a fun show and my loves Death Cab totally killed it! Lana Del Ray was also quite the show, she has such a fun personality. We had spent the day at a farmers market so we just snacked a bit and headed home during the last part of Lana’s set.
DAY 3 of Osheaga
The final day I wore a tied up pocket tee and shorts with sandals. I wished all day that I would have worn my Converse as the grounds had been ripped up and there was much more dirt than the previous days. We got to see The Struts, St Lucia, The Strumbellas, Leon Bridges, M83 (they were so amazing!!!) and then Radiohead closed the night. We slipped away a bit early and had the best dinner ever in Montreal’s Old Port! Stay tuned for more details in my upcoming posts about Montreal!
I would definitely recommend attending a music festival. It is such an incredible experience to see a plethora of live music in one spot and has such a cool vibe. We made loads of new friends from up and down the east coast and all over Canada including Prince Edward Island.
Please let me know if you have any further questions about Music Festivals!
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