Now in its second year, the ‘77 Montreal festival took place on July 27th at Parc Jean Drapeau. We came, we saw, we photographed and, if you’re wondering how it was or maybe already pre-planning for 2019, here are eight things to know.
Day 3 of Osheaga was arguably the best day, partly because it didn’t rain finally and it was packed. Getting through the crowd was like finding your way out of a cornfield maze.
It is somewhat weird seeing a punk group in the middle of the afternoon as your first act but Beach Slang rocked the crowd with some comical anecdotes from the singer, James Alex.
Day 1 started off sunny, and although I anticipated rain in the forecast I was not expecting a torrential rainfall which made the first day interesting.
Osheaga has become the Canadian equivalent to festivals like Lollapalooza thanks to a few distinguishing factors.
Metal icons Metallica invaded Quebec City’s historic Plains of Abraham for a nearly 3-hour musical assault.
German metalers Accept invaded Montreal’s Le Métropolis on September 10th, 2012 as part of their “Teutonic Terror Attack” package tour with fellow country men, Kreator. Since changing lead singers a few years ago, Accept are reborn thanks mostly to the energy and power vocals that new singer, Mark Tornillo, brings to the band. Having first seen Accept live in 1983, I can truly say the band’s live shows have only gotten more poignant and powerful as time moves on. Do yourself a favor and catch Accept live as soon as possible. They are a force to be reckoned with!
I was thrilled when I heard that I would get the opportunity to photograph one of my favourite bands, Deftones. It was my first time seeing them, they played a KILLER set. They headlined alongside System of a Down on the first night of Heavy MTL 2012, and the crowd sure made it clear that they did not disappoint!
One of the most insane sets of this year’s Heavy MTL had to be given by The Dillinger Escape Plan. They gave an absolutely energetic performance, and even preformed in the pit and right in the crowd! They absolutely killed it, craziest set at Heavy, hands down.
The Cult rolled into Montreal’s Le Métropolis on September 1st, 2012 and though I never was a fan of the band, the faithful seemed delighted with the night’s performance. I personally enjoyed the band playing song after song while skipping the ubiquitous yet unnecessary drum solo and the pee break inducing guitar solo. Fans pay to hear songs and The Cult delivered in spades on that count. Well done!
French heavy metal band Gojira put on an insane show on the afternoon of August 12th, the second day of Heavy MTL. They were without a doubt a crowd favourite – it was my first time seeing them, but I will say that they put on a wicked show!
It may have been my 9th or 10th time seeing Protest the Hero, but they kill it every time and this performance was no exception. What a great way to start off the second day of Heavy MTL!
Between The Buried And Me performed on the afternoon of August 11th, and probably put on one of the most insane shows of the festival. The crowd got so into their set that security had to bust out the giant hose to bring the intensity down! High energy and amazing performance, what a great way to start Heavy MTL!