Five Must-See Acts at Osheaga 2024

Running August 2 to 4, the festival features Alvvays, SZA and more

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BY Exclaim! StaffPublished Feb 22, 2024

One of the marquee events of the Canadian concert calendar, Montreal's Osheaga Music and Arts Festival is more than just a concert — it's a lifestyle, with a cultural gravity that transcends music.

From the big-font artists appearing on the top line of the poster to the smaller names filling out the bottom, Osheaga's 2024 lineup runs the gamut from mainstream superstars to up-and-coming indie must-sees.

With so much great music on the bill, it can be hard to narrow down who to se. Here are the must-see artists Exclaim! recommends appearing at Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 2 to 4.

Fresh off a Grammy nomination, Toronto indie juggernauts Alvvays are continuing the promotion of their 2022 album Blue Rev, displaying their incredible ability to recreate the album's dense, meticulous shoegaze arrangements on stage.

DIIV have spent the past decade-plus exploring different sides of shoegazing indie pop — from the jangling dreaminess of their early work to the grungy '90s-isms of their latest work. New single "Brown Paper Bag" sounds like it will melt faces at Osheaga.

Avalon Emerson
Berlin-based artist Avalon Emerson has two different modes: the hazy dream pop of last year's & the Charm, and the ravey club beats of her DJ sets. Whichever version shows up at Osheaga will make for a great time.

Sofia Kourtesis
The Peruvian-born, Berlin-based producer makes house music that's textured and rich with gorgeous details, making it equally suited for dancing in a festival field or in deep-listening mode at home.

SZA is one of the world's most exciting pop stars, with 2022's SOS featuring world-conquering hooks while still retaining a sense of adventurous unpredictability. 

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