It is always exciting to go through the whole schedule at a grand festival like Osheaga and prepare for a terrific 3-day of music. There are many bands out there, many unknowns to discover, some playing simultaneously. Here are my recommendations for spending an awesome Osheaga festival.

You can listen to the playlist on either YouTube or Spotify, right here, below.

Have fun!


Friday, July 29

1PM – electro duo HAUTE on Piknic Stage. A great way to smoothly start the day

1:35 PM – Canadian pop-rock band ELEPHANT STONE on Vallée Stage. Check out their Indian music touch.

2:45 PM – A bit like James Blake, young English musician JACK GARRATT, 24, plays on Vallée Stage as well.

3:10 PM – Back to the Montagne Stage to see pop singer with the big voice, ELLE KING, which hit Ex’s and Oh’s was huge in 2014

4:55 PM – After DEAR ROUGE at 4:10 on Arbres Stage and their Metric-like rock, we go back to the Verte Stage to see excellent indie rockers WOLF PARADE

Things get a bit more complicated at happy hour…

5:30 PM – Led by singer and trumpeter Zach Condon (probably no family ties with the goaler…), BEIRUT play on Rivière Stage, even though the recent Polaris short-list nominated WHITE LUNG are playing at Arbres at 5:40.

The band you’ll hear at 6 depends on your music taste.

I know I’ll be at the Piknic Stage to see the very groovy BORIS BREJCHA. But rap fans will see CYPRESS HILL (6 :20 PM at Montagne) and indie pop fans will prefer BLOC PARTY (6:25 at Verte).


At 7:15 PM there’s MARIAN HILL at Arbres, if you like Lorde-type of pop songs. But at 7:20 PM Canadian indie rock sweethearts HALF MOON RUN will bring crowds at Rivière Stage.

At 8, your choice will be to go with rap fans to see THE UNDERACHIEVERS or with emo folk fans to see THE LUMINEERS at 8:20. Meh.

Main show to end this first day is RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS’ big return in form! The California band will play on Rivière Scène.

Manage your energy, there is still two-full days of music left!

Check out our recommendations for Saturday and Sunday.

Have fun!


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Nicolas Pelletier
Fondateur et rédacteur en chef

Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 4 500 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Nicolas a publié "Les perles rares et les grands crus de la musique" en janvier 2013, un ouvrage de 1250 pages en deux tomes.