Montreal’s hottest festival is just around the corner, with less than a week to go! While we all get excited and count down the days to Friday, here are some tips to have the best experience possible at Osheaga!
1. Be prepared for any weather
Montreal weather in August can be pretty ruthless. While we are too far out for an accurate weather forecast, in the past year Osheaga has seen sun, heat, rain, or even crazy thunderstorms! Weather changes fast on Ile Sainte-Hélène, so you will want to pack for any weather: rain poncho, waterproof shoes, a ziplock bag for your electronics, but also sunscreen and a refillable water bottle!
2. Make a game plan
Each day of the festival will see about 40 artists playing on 7 stages over the span of 10 hours. There are a lot of sets going on at the same time, so make sure to know which artists you must absolutely see, take into account travel time (the festival site is HUGE), and make sure to take some time to walk around and discover new cool acts!
3. Download the Osheaga app
If you have a smartphone and some data, the Osheaga 2018 app will be your best friend! The festival has put together some awesome features, allowing you to create your own schedule (and get notifications 15 minutes before an artist hits the stage), notifications to let you know of any schedule changes or announcements, and an interactive map to find your friends if you lose them! Be aware that the app uses GPS a lot, which can drain cell phone battery, but the good news is that you can recharge at many of the cell phone charging stations on site!
4. Cash is your friend
Osheaga offers a variety of amazing foods to snack on during the festival, with a massive selection of food trucks present on site! A lot of them however only accept cash, so make sure to come prepared. There are ATMs present at the entrance of the festival, but these can get crowded throughout the day.
5. Dress comfortably
Just because it might rain doesn’t mean you can’t dress stylish! Just keep in mind that you will be walking a lot, some of the paths are made of gravel, so ditch the flip-flops and wear something you are comfortable in!
6. Explore the site
Between all the stages, the Osheaga grounds have a lot of small paths, with really cool booths occupied by brands. Some of the highlights last year: a Vans stand where you could win the chance to design your own sneakers on the spot, a L’Oreal booth with free Colourist highlights, and a Natrel stand giving away free (and delicious) milkshakes all day! There are always a lot of cool things to do, and a lot of free swag to grab, so take advantage when going from a stage to the other!
7. Know where to go if you feel unsafe
Over the past few years, Osheaga has developed a lot of amazing initiatives to make sure everyone has a safe festival experience! These include a chill zone with hammocks, and the Hirondelles task-force, a group of people with pink armbands that wander through the site and are ready to assist you if you are feeling overwhelmed or unsafe!
8. Take the metro
Ile Sainte-Hélène is quite small, so parking spots are extremely limited. There are a few access points to it from the city, which get really backed up at the end of the festival. This makes driving or getting a cab on-site after the festival ends quite complicated. Montrealers’ preferred way to get to and from the festival site remains the metro, with the STM offering an unlimited fare pass for the duration of Osheaga for $17!
9. Check out the after-parties
Every night, the festival ends around 11pm. But that doesn’t mean the party has to end! Every year, Osheaga offers a lot of after-parties, with artists for every taste. Check out the list and start planning!
10. HAVE FUN!
Make sure to also check the Osheaga Play Zone, for some fun games and opportunity to win some cool stuff. Osheaga is an amazing festival, which is guaranteed to be fun rain or shine, so get ready to have the time of your life!
Osheaga 2018 will take place in Montreal from August 3rd to 5th. 3-day passes are now sold out, but you can still buy 1-day passes and VIP tickets: https://www.osheaga.c
Hi there! My name is Marie, I am French born and raised, now living in Montreal. I work in Marketing by day, and I’m an avid concert-goer by night. I have always had a passion for photography, and realized that this mixes quite well with my love for live music (the absolute best way to experience music, if you ask me).
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