Gambino is a man of many talents. But his greatest attribute may be his irresistible charisma. Onstage, he’s the kind of performer who is hard to take your eyes off. He strutted and shuffled, lurched, twisted and twirled, remaining in constant motion aside from the odd moment where he would pause dramatically and look into the distance. Though unselfconscious, he is all too aware of the power of imagery. (And of the lack thereof — no photographers were allowed into their regular spot in the pit in front of the stage, leaving Gambino free to walk down and interact with fans.) His music is a gumbo of P-funk, soul and proto-rap influences. Feels Like Summer rode an airy Marvin Gaye vibe. Human Sacrifice was charged with driving funk. And This Is America flitted between fluttering African vocals, touches of gospel and a sinister hip-hop beat; the song was greeted with a huge roar from the crowd, which sang and danced along, leaving little doubt it was the jam everyone had come to hear. For a single, euphoric moment, Osheaga was one big, transcendent party. Cunningly, Gambino dropped it little more than midway through his set, proving he is more than a one-trick pony. As he barreled through the stutter-step rhymes of 3005, seemingly every single person in attendance was rapping along, word for word. From start to finish, he had the entire audience — the largest of the weekend, by far — in the palm of his hand. It was a mesmerizing, powerhouse performance. [The Cochrane Times]

The 2019 edition Osheaga wrapped up on Sunday with fireworks and confetti from Childish Gambino and Tame Impala, respectively. The Montreal festival's final day also included sets from Kaytranada, Tierra Whack (who pulled a kid from the crowd onstage for a song), Metric, Koffee, Mac DeMarco, Normani (who performed one medley of Fifth Harmony covers, and another of Rihanna covers), Real Estate, Nilüfer Yanya, and more. Check out pictures from the whole day in the gallery above.

Catch up on the rest of our Osheaga 2019 coverage with pictures from Friday HERE and Saturday HERE.

photos by Em Grey

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