Wanna know what’s Also Cool at Osheaga this year? We’ve put together our list of top picks so that you can hit all the best shows at the festival. We’ve got something for everyone, whether you’re into cyber synth pop or Turkish psych-folk, you’ll be dancing all day long.
Listen along on Spotify to get a taste of what’s to come this weekend!
A little mystical and a little surreal, Magdalena Bay is an American synth-pop and electronic duo from Miami, Florida, based in Los Angeles who make synth-pop straight from the simulation. The band’s spacey, cyber-inspired visuals bring the world of Magdalena Bay to life, drawing on inspiration from early-Internet aesthetics, while their sound draws from Grimes, Charli XCX, and Chairlift.
The Turkish psych-folk Altin Gün mesmerizes audiences with their effortless blend of traditional Anatolian folk and modern psych and funk. Their latest album Aşk continues the irresistible and infectious sound they have been building for years – a solid classic good time that we will not be missing at this year’s fest!
If you’re in the mood for Parisian nu-disco, L’Impératrice has got you covered. You can check out our 2021 interview with the band where they chat about their album Tako Tsubo, and explore the cause and cure for heartbreak.
Japanese-British singer-songwriter and certified pop virtuoso Rina Sawayama is a must-see on this year’s Osheaga lineup. The 32-year-old singer’s sophomore album Hold the Girl—released September 16th, 2022 via Dirty Hit—caught our attention for its ambitious fusion of electrifying ballads, pop-punk, nu-metal and more. We anticipate the eclectic iconoclast to deliver a high-energy set that invites both headbanging and swaying in the name of introspective queer rebellion.
The indie pop dream-makers from our teen years, Cults released their latest album Offering last year – a modern twist reminiscent of the moody nostalgia we cried / danced with them in the early 2010s. We are definitely excited to see what they bring to the stage!
Vancouver indie rock princes Peach Pit bring their heartfelt tunes to the stage this weekend. Their tracks have been on our sad girl playlists since 2018, with lyrics that feel like a close friend telling you a story, and a sound that has influenced Canada’s DIY scene for years.
In 2023, Lil Yachty’s latest album Let’s Start Here is giving more psychedelic rock journey than his typical trap affairs – with the top hit “drive ME crazy!” and a personal fav “pRETTy”. You will absolutely catch us out there bopping along.
Milk & Bone
Montreal electropop duo Milk & Bone are set to play a dazzling homecoming show on Sunday. Their music highlights their vibrant inner world, weaving entracing vocal harmonies and heartbreaking lyrics.
If you were on TikTok at all during the pandemic, you’ve probably heard “death bed (coffee for your head)” by beabadoobee. Born in the Phillippines and raised in London, Bea Kristi has successfully ridden the TikTok-viral wave, claiming her place in the indie-pop space. Her sound has a ‘90s alt-rock cinematic sheen, mixed with gentle and confessional lyrics.
Led by undeniable talent Michelle Zauner, Japanese Breakfast has been a staple of indie rock for years. Their recent album Jubilee is a “celebration of the passage of time – a festival to usher in the hope of a new era in brilliant technicolor”. The hit “Be Sweet” is a promising and colourful bop and is one of the many we will be in the crowd singing along to!
Treat me like a slut! Kim Petras, an absolute queer trans pop icon, takes the stage this year after releasing her album Feed the Beast. Her collab with Sam Smith for “Unholy” had us shaking in our booties and we are more than ready to experience this goddess IRL.
Plan your weekend & grab your tickets for Osheaga below. See you in the pit.