Whether you like pop, rock, hip hop, or even the more alternative fringes of R&B, Osheaga's got you covered with this tasty line-up: they've everything from Lorde to Muse, Yung Lean to Major Lazer, and pretty much everything in between. Get to Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 4th to 6th, but not before you've checked out our picks.
Of course, Abel "the Weeknd" Tesfaye is a man who needs little introduction in 2017. From his epic Trilogy through to the Fifty Shades soundtrack, the past few years have seen the Toronto artist rapidly take his offbeat, sultry brand of R&B into the mainstream. Whether you've been a day one fan since "House of Balloons", or you just want to belt out "Can't Feel My Face", the starboy's show should be a pretty cosmic insight into one of the biggest pop stars around.
The artist who David Bowie considered "the future of music" is not someone to be overlooked, especially when she's got a voice like this. New Zealander Lorde rose to fame as a teenager with her mammoth hit single "Royals", and since then her career trajectory has gone up and up. Her new album has been heaped with praise, and rightly so: Melodrama is a beautiful reflection on solitude and loneliness. Needless to say, we're envisioning this set being all kinds of magical.
Possibly the only group in the world who can pull off the label "post-bop", Badbadnotgood are up there with Toronto's finest hip hop purveyors (which is no mean feat, given their peers). With co-signs from the likes of Tyler, the Creator and Kaytranada, original material as well as glorious covers, it goes without saying these guys are incredibly impressive and a whole lot of fun. If you like rich, live hip hop instrumentals topped with smooth, jazzy vocals - quite possibly featuring a guest or two - get to this set.