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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Mélomane invétéré plongeant dans tous les genres et époques, Nicolas Pelletier a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts depuis 1991, dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie "Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique" en 2013, lance le site RREVERB en 2014, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016. Il dirige maintenant la stratégie numérique d'ICI Musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada.