On this Saturday at Osheaga, we were very lucky to have a beautiful day. Still very sunny, but just as muggy as Friday. Like the day before, we could refresh ourselves with the festival arch at the entrance, crossed over by some pierced hoses. Even when we are near a stage, a technician can come with a hose and splash us to cool us down a bit, but when you are a photographer, it is not that fun. You must curl up in a ball to protect your camera.
You have never been to Arizona, but you always dreamed to? You could travel with the Calexico members for a while on the Mountain Stage. Some of you probably already know them because of their work with Iron & Wine, or because they toured with the well-known indie rock band Arcade Fire. Your hips would move to the sound of their glockenspiels, vibraphone, trumpets or Latino percussions. Plants and Animals came right after the American sextet, for the enjoyment of the listeners. This Montreal indie band seemed to be pleased to be at Osheaga, and charmed us with their music that they sometimes describe as “post-classic rock”.
You could listen to either this band or run to see the energetic Black Lips. They are as crazy on the stage as they are on their albums; you would have crossed the crowd to head bang in the pit. I really liked this one band due to their passion on scene.
After a short lunch break, we ran to see the sexy Raveonettes. This Danish band made me smile, with their influences like The Everly Brothers, The Velvet Underground and even The Jesus and Mary Chain, that you could see on the same stage a little later in the evening. For the electro amateurs, ties and shirts were appropriate to see the German trio Brandt Brauer Frick. House music influenced by classic music is a delight to your ears.
Without any surprise, the average age was increasing for the alternative band from the middle 90’s Garbage, who was “delighted” to be in Montreal “after over 8 years”. Shirley Manson electrified the audience, and she is still very sexy for a 45 years-old singer. Even if their stage time was shortened because of some technical problems, Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon enjoyed her time on stage with a colorful performance.
We also waited to see Snoop Dogg….I mean Snoop Lion. Even half an hour later, we could not see the beginning of one of his twelve joints; we left the site to avoid traffic at the metro.