Posted in music | pictures on August 9, 2012

by Dominick Mastrangelo

Florence / Dum Dum Girls / the scene, Osheaga Fest 8/03/2012
Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos
Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos
Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

"I can't believe we walked the whole thing."

This was the opening of an e-mail Saturday morning from my friend, the Montreal based singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk. Day 1 of Montreal's Osheaga Music and Arts Festival (8/3) was in the books and instead of joining the crush of people all trying to get into the Metro, we opted to walk with a much smaller group of people from Parc Jean-Drapeau, the festival's home, over the closed-off Jacques Cartier Bridge back to the Mile End.

"You know," Leif's e-mail continued, "we could've all just waited for the subway, but then we might have been accused of being reasonable."

What came before the trek from the island to the mainland was a hot, dusty, sweaty blur of music and dancing and a sold-out crowd determined to pull every ounce of enjoyment from their day out.

The highlight for me on Day 1 was always going to be Sigur Ros, who I'd seen just a days before in Philadelphia. Sure, Justice may have been the official headliner on the day, but the Icelandic band, even restricted to their one-hour time slot, felt like the real headliner and reduced the electronic duo and their glorified DJ booth to the equivalent of an afterparty.

Earlier in the day, The Walkmen featured Skyler Skjelset of Fleet Foxes on bass and guitar and Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men packed the field at the Scene Verte stage on the other end of the park for their mid-day set.

The Dum Dum Girls set was delayed with sound issues and once they got going the tech guys spent most of their set running back and forth across the stage adjusting and fixing gear. It was the beginning of a trouble-filled weekend at the Scene des Arbres stage where delays were constant and, on Day 3, Zola Jesus' set was controversially cut short as thunderstorms rolled through. (Festival officials shut her set down just as the worst of the storm had passed.) She took to Facebook to voice her frustration (though what happened in Montreal was nothing compared to what went down at Lollapalooza in Chicago the same weekend).

Gary Clark, Jr. impressed over at the Scene Verte as his loud, fuzzy guitar riffs conjured dancing girls and good vibes.

Along with a beautiful set from Florence and the Machine and a raucous end-of-the-night set from Montreal's Les Breastfeeders, it was a great start to the festival.

Stay tuned for more on Day 2 and 3. More Osheaga Day 1 photos are below.

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Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Charli XCX

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

LP

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

The Walkmen

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Polica

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Freelance Whales

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Bombay Bicycle Club

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Of Monsters and Men

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Gary Clark Jr.

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Dum Dum Girls

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Atlas Sound

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Florence and the Machine

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Sigur Ros

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Justice

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Les Breastfeeders

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

Osheaga 2012 - Day 1 in Photos

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Comments (10)

The people doing Catalpa and Governors Ball should take note. THIS is a festival.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2012 10:21 AM

Hell yeah

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2012 10:27 AM

The Lolla pix looked so much douche-ier!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2012 10:28 AM

Girl behind the fence: you needn't look so lost, take my hand and I will lead you to paradise.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2012 11:04 AM

Remember when the Dum Dum Girls wore all white? That shit changed the game.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2012 12:00 PM

Montreal > NYC

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2012 12:52 PM

Montreal wishes it was euro trash.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2012 1:25 PM

@12:00 exactly.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2012 1:26 PM

10:21 true dat. I went last year and it was great.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2012 3:01 PM

I didn't know Montreal had such awesome music festivals. Not to self travel to Montreal some time and go to their music festivals.

Posted by ontario honey | November 22, 2012 9:51 PM

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