Osheaga Kicks Off Today At Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau

Florence + The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, and The Black Keys are three of the most anticipated shows.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Osheaga, one of Montreal’s biggest annual music fests, kicks off today in Parc Jean-Drapeau, with artists like Florence + The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, and The Black Keys taking to the stage during one of the three days of the event.

Of Monsters and Men, Weezer, Nas, and Interpol will also be performing.

Since 2006, the Osheaga Music and Arts festival has established itself as one of the most sought-after festivals in Canada. With its numerous outdoor stages located at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Montreal’s Saint Helen’s Island, Osheaga attracted 135,000 music lovers from North America and Europe last year. A huge celebration dedicated to music and visual arts, Osheaga has given itself the objective of discovering local and national emerging talent offering them the opportunity to play alongside some of the biggest international artists in the business including: Coldplay, The Killers, Iggy & The Stooges, Sonic Youth, The Roots, Rufus Wainwright, Arcade Fire, Eminem, Beck, Mumford and Sons, The Black Keys, Krendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, The Cure and Jack White as well as up and coming artists such as The Stills, Coeur de pirate, Hey Rosetta!, The Barr Brothers and Half Moon Run. Over the course of several days, approximately 100 bands will take to the various stages at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Running from July 31 to August 2nd, more than 135,000 people are expected to attend. It’s the 10th anniversary of the event.

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