This booking may have seemed like a gamble considering Osheaga’s largely millennial demographic, but it turned out to be a home run. The electronica/big beat legends [The Chemical Brothers] came through for their first Montreal show since 2003, and it was utterly perfect for a festival setting. Combining exquisitely-mixed tracks from throughout their extensive career (including “Star Guitar,” “Hey Boy Hey Girl” and closing with “Block Rockin’ Beats”) with colourful and eerie backdrops, along with heavy use of white light, the entire set was entrancing, euphoric, freaky, and incredibly fun — sometimes all at once. It even tops any of Travis Scott, Arctic Monkeys or Florence + the Machine’s headlining sets from last year’s edition. Donald Glover, you’re gonna need luck topping this one. [BeatRoute]

After kicking off on Friday, the 2019 edition of Montreal's Osheaga continued on Saturday (8/3) with sets from Braids, U.S. Girls, Saba, King Princess, Young Thug, Schoolboy Q, Janelle Monae, Beach House, The Chemical Brothers, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and more. Check out pictures from the whole day in the gallery above.


photos by Em Grey

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