Osheaga 2008: Day 1 Review 08/03/08

Alright, August 3rd, 2008. Are train is set to leave at 1:20 PM. Osheaga starts at 2:00 PM. So needless to say… we were late. Tony, Matt and I left my house at about 12:15 PM to go meet up with Jake at the train station but Jake was nowhere to be found. We walk off under the overpass down the street a little bit and start to have a session. Getting blazed before a train ride is always a nice way to start off a trip of this sort. After we smoked some bowls we noticed Jake sitting at the train station, so we go get him and bring him over and we all started blazing again. Then the time came, All Aboard!

Montreal Montage

Montreal Montage

The train ride up there was pretty packed but I had my iPod so everything was alright. The Weather Forecast announced rain on August 3rd and rained it did. Not for very long. After we get off at Gare Central we go get some meals in our stomaches and you know, take a piss, get a coffee, the usual. At this point It was almost 3:00 PM and that was our time to check in to our hotel. Which was The Montreal Hilton. We proceed to walk around the black numerous amounts of time for no reason. Then we check in to our hotel. Matt & I went to check it. The Hotel Clerk was a young woman and was very kind. She mentioned us being there for Osheaga but I was really paying attention. Marijuana in my brain. We get the Key-Cards and go to get Jake & Tony because they were waiting for us outside ’cause we had got a two-bedroom and they would have made us pay more and been anal about us having more people in out hotel room. After we get in the hotel room and settle in, I send Matt & Jake on a beer run. They get back about 15 minutes later with a 24, we start drinking, rolling joints, getting everything ready, and then off to the metro.

Tony, Jake, Matt & Me

Tony, Jake, Matt & Me

We got to the metro at like 4:20 PM so by the time we go to Parc Jean Drapnou, It was about 4:50. Metric was starting at about 5:45 so we went and secured a nice spot to see Emily Haines do her magic. They opened with “Dead Disco” and completed their short little set with “Poster of a girl”, “Monster Hospital”, “Live It Out” & a new song that I didn’t catch the name of. Metric was a nice way to kick off Osheaga for us. Sadly… we missed N*E*R*D, which really is a tragedy. I was excited for them. Too bad we were late… Anyways on with this.

Metric Live @ Osheaga

Metric Live @ Osheaga

After Metric was finished we ate some expensive hot-dogs and then went to the hill to start a session and film a Canadian Cannabis Episode (Canadian Cannabis is my Marijuana You-Tube Page Links will be at the bottom), We had a nice long session while Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings were kickin’ out the jams. More beer was needed at this point, after having a nice long session and some nice brews we went back out into the the battlefield. This time it was Iggy & The Stooges. We got to the Mountain Stage an hour before they were set to start to secure a good spot. At this point we were all pretty drunk, the sun was setting, iggy was about to hit the stage and the whole atmosphere of the place was one of beauty. Truly amazing. We met some of the people around us and smoked some joints and shared some French, English conversations that didn’t go to far but thing was for damn sure. We were all pumped to see the fucking stooges and iggy. Then I turn around and notice Tony sitting on the ground, sweating. He stands up and says “I got to get out of here”, hahaha. Poor bastard was about to go over the deep-end. He left us, god speed. We would find him later, I thought. I wasn’t very worried, I was about to see the legendary Iggy Pop & The Stooges.

Iggy & The Stooges Live At Osheaga

Iggy & The Stooges Live At Osheaga

Once the bell rang. Iggy came jumping out and the crowed went crazy. Opened the show just as you would expect. Nothing less from the man. Once “1969” came on the crowd was in a frenzy shouting along to every line in the song. “I wanna be you’re dog” was the highlight of his set for me. I love that song so much and they played it so well. The crowed loved it. The continued their set with “Search & Destroy”, “Raw Power”, Down on the street”, “TV Eye”, “No Fun” which Iggy invited the crowed to “Break down the gate” and “Get the fuck up on this stage” with him. The security was very tight at this point showing no mercy. I saw this as war. They then played “1970” as an encore and finished their set off so nicely leaving the crowed wanting more but very satisfied. It was a shame not to here “The Passenger” & “Lust for Life” But hey it’s not all Iggys show.

The Killers at Osheaga

The Killers at Osheaga

The crowed scatters as we walk to the hot-dog stand to get some beer and some food. I am soaking wet in sweat and I almost broke my Video Camera. But it was worth it. Next thing you know we turn are heads and see Tony sitting down eating a hamburger. Which was very lucky. We all met up and then we ate. Next thing we knew The Killers start off their set with “Somebody Told Me” Which we could see from a distance so we all walk over to get a good spot for The Killers. They were pretty much everything I expected from them. I loved “Mr.Brightside”, “All these things that i’ve done”, “When you were young” & “Read My Mind”. Those were the highlights of their set for moi. The Killers did their thing. Which was not as an impressive as Iggy & The Stooges but the raw power of Iggy is just amazing and it is hard to top. But next thing we know were walking along a path after The Killers finish up their set and we hear some strange music going on we walk up the hill, past the tents and water stream and see a stage set-up. Sure enough it’s The National Parcs halfway through their set. We waste no time getting right up in there dancing away. The National Parcs really know how to put on a show with their bottles, computers, guitar, nature sounds, ect. They played in a Half-Dome Yellow Thing. It was great. They had a live ice sculpture going on.

Ice Sculpture

If we would have known that the other two stages were along this path we would have been able to see more bands but we didn’t even think about it at first because Metric was going on then Iggy. So we missed alot of bands on these two stages in the woods.

This place was amazing though. The whole vibe. The people were very friendly. The National Parcs finished up their set with an amazing performance of “Clickety Clack” with their skeleton masks and everything. After their set was up. We headed to the metro to go back to the hotel. The end of Osheaga for us. It was amazing, however we really should have gotten there earlier and had tickets for the next day, also we really should have looked around more carefully for the other stages:P. But in total this festival is amazing. Great place to be.
That night we walked around Montreal for hours, blazing, drinking ect. In the morning we just did the same

shit and hit the train station and came back home. It was a great time. I will be going next year. haha, anyways I leave you now with Video links to clips I filmed at Osheaga and some pictures.

Montreal

Montreal

The National Parcs Live

The National Parcs Live

Band Performances

Canadian Cannabis

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~ by drgonzo613 on August 6, 2008.

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