Festival Review: Top Ten Sets at Osheaga 2012


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    The theme of this year’s Osheaga Music and Arts Festival could have been titled “The Price of Success.” What had been building as a niche event for musically aware fans since 2006 turned into a juggernaut in 2012, seemingly overnight. For the first time in their history, Osheaga organizers had to deal with sellout crowds, even with the grounds at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Saint Helen’s Island having been expanded considerably. The lineup was that good, featuring a mix of artists parachuting in and out of Lollapalooza, as well as some band grabs exclusive to Montreal that had the fest community buzzing in the months leading up to it.

    Try as she might, Mother Nature could not put on a damper on the enthusiasm that spread throughout the entire weekend. Extreme heat and the threat of thunderstorms? Pfft, bring it on was the mantra chanted. Nothing was going to get in the way of anyone’s enjoyment. Considering the insane level of festival coverage devoted during these three days, Consequence of Sound decided to focus on what were deemed the absolute best, most unique and special sets during Osheaga 2012.

    -Gilles LeBlanc
    Staff Writer

    Franz Ferdinand

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    Friday, August 3rd – Virgin Mobile River Stage – 5:50 p.m.

    When Osheaga’s lineup was first announced, Franz Ferdinand turned plenty of heads. Everyone’s favorite band named after the Austrian archduke responsible for World War I have been shrouded in a little mystery in recent years. There still hasn’t been a formal announcement of a fourth studio album, which might explain why their set time was curiously early. However, once they finally materialized in Montreal for their first North American show in almost three years, scrutiny over Franz Ferdinand quickly turned to blame. Their scorchingly danceable set also introduced two new songs: “Right Thoughts! Right Words! Right Action!” and “Scarlet and Blue”. The latter is classic-sounding Franz Ferdinand, with revving guitars supplemented by sparse notes played on an electronic organ. We were also treated to the infamous Franz Ferdinand drum circle on “Outsiders”. And I have to add that while I’m sure no woman in attendance Friday would ever kick him out for eating kräckers, if you know what I’m saying, what’s with the new stache Mr. Kapranos? -Gilles LeBlanc

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