Impressively, brothers Guy and Howard of Disclosure were able to abandon the bravado some new artists take on to mask the overt sense of intimidation they feel for making a name for themselves within their genre. What’s even more impressive? The UK newcomers take this on in a genre older and likely more respected than they are; and if there’s one thing the UK does well, it’s electronica. It’s a genre that has become so ubiquitous, it’s almost audacious for 19 and 22 year old artists to challenge its popularity by putting forth a debut album that refuses to echo the work of electro-house pioneers, but rather sets it’s own mode by employing an original flavor that yields a completely thorough, honest, body of work.
What makes Settle great as a debut album is that it’s a consistent catalogue that doesn’t try to fit within the pressures of the commercial framework by artists that don’t rely too heavily on their influences, but rather, create merely based off of what they know and feel. Disclosure didn’t go overboard on the features—a mistake very many new artists make—with the likes of fellow UK artists like AlunaGeorge, Eliza Doolittle, and Jessie Ware, each collaboration merely enhances the respective songs, but we still get a sense of who Disclosure are. Settle sometimes lacks a strong lyrical component, perhaps because of the brothers’ self-admitted lack of songwriting abilities. But each dance floor love track like “White Noise” hums the perfect words to balance out the production. Aluna Francis sings “Only you can look at me the way you do/you always tint me, tint me black and blue/such a shame, you frame me with such disdain/you got me washed out, washed out, color drained.” The lyrics don’t overwhelm you and give you just enough to relate to, and enough to dance to. The beauty is that you can tell Disclosure was having fun with the album while never taking themselves too seriously.
What Disclosure lacks in the verbal they make up for in all other senses of creativity. The highlight of the album is the dance numbers, but there are even touches of neo soul and post modern R&B that do the album in. “Latch” features the velvety vocals of Sam Smith. It’s loaded with lightheartedness and a touch of longing. It sounds a little Usher, but is distinctive enough to still get a spin in your local dance club without you thinking it’s him. Songs like “Second Chance” are a testament to how well the production on Settle is executed. It’s oozy and slinky, and each sound is like a roller coaster ride filled with sonic waves and fluidity. The frenetic zing of each instrument makes it noticeably difficult to refrain yourself from moving about and the occasional skip of each beat proves why. We can see many of the tracks being played out at any ambient dance club, and one thing’s for certain: Disclosure won’t be going anywhere for a long, long time.
After having fun by dropping hints via its social networks, OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival presented by Virgin Mobile is proud to announce the lineup for the festival’s 2013 edition which will take place from August 2nd to 4th at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal.
Headliners include Mumford & Sons, who recently won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year; legendary New Wave-era English bands The Cure and New Order; folk act The Lumineers; as well as hip-hop sensations Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Now in its 8th year, Virgin Mobile presents OSHEAGA Festival has welcomed more than 400,000 fans and presented more than 600 bands since its creation. Having been sold out for the first time last year, OSHEAGA will once again offer local and travelling music lovers an exceptional experience this year thanks to great artists, an amazing atmosphere and all the energy of Montreal during summertime.
Festival passes (3 days) for Virgin Mobile presents OSHEAGA 2013 will go on sale on Friday, March 15th at noon. If availability allows it, single day tickets will go on sale later. An exclusive presale will be offered to Virgin Mobile Members as of 9 am on March 13th.
Virgin Mobile Members who want to get in on the presale can head to www.virginmobile.ca/benefits. Members will also have the opportunity to win exclusive experiences including front of the line bypass, access to the VIP Members Lounge, backstage tours, artist meet and greets and more. Follow @virginmobilecan on Twitter for ongoing updates.
New this year, the Osheaga Experience notably gives access to a dedicated viewing area at the 2 main stages and to the Experience Lounge, where festivalgoers will be able to enjoy a catered dinner and a private bar as well as golf cart transportation from the main stages to the Lounge.
FESTIVAL PASSES (3 DAYS) (including taxes and service fees): – General Admission Festival Passes: $235 – Reserved Seating Festival Passes: $395 – General Admission Experience Passes: $740.94 – Reserved Seating Experience Passes: $1159.45
OSHEAGA ACCOMODATIONS In 2012, the Osheaga Festival presented by Virgin Mobile introduced the Osheaga Hotel – a low-cost, high quality hotel reserved exclusively for fans of the festival. With strong demand from festivalgoers, the Osheaga Hotel sold out in less than 48 hours. In 2013, we are proud to announce that the Osheaga Hotel has grown to meet the needs of our fans. Now known as Osheaga Accommodations, we have added two more properties for Osheaga fans to call home during their stay in Montreal.
Our 2013 offerings are the Maison d’Aga, the Maison d’Oshee and the Chateau Marmotte. Located in McGill University student residences, all three properties were formerly prestigious hotels (Sheraton, Marriott and Renaissance) and are located in downtown Montreal just 15 minutes by metro from the festival site. Official Osheaga Accommodations guests will be entered to win exclusive prizes such as meet and greets with Osheaga artists as well as backstage tours which will include a meal from Chuck Hughes’ famous catering tent. Please note that all Osheaga Official Accommodations guests must be at least 18 years of age – minors will not be permitted entry.
OSHEAGA TRAVEL PACKAGES Also new this year, Osheaga offers travel packages including accomodations at Centre Sheraton Montreal and Marriott Château Champlain. All packages includes 3 day festival passes, exclusive Osheaga water bottles and posters as well as the metro passes to get to the site. For more information on the travel packages visit www.osheaga.com .
GALAXIE CHANNEL Galaxie is bringing you the Osheaga channel on the Galaxie Mobile app. Listen to all the best music from the artists performing at the 2013 edition of Osheaga. There is no better lead up to the festival than this. The channel will be available as of Wednesday, March 13th at 10am.
Stream the 100 commercial-free Galaxie channels on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Android device. The Galaxie Mobile app offers a 7-day free trial and can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or from Google Play. For more information visit galaxie.ca.
AIR MILES OFFER This year, the AIR MILES Reward Program comes on board as an official sponsor and will be offering Collectors the ability to redeem AIR MILES reward miles for 3-day festival passes. AIR MILES will also be hosting exclusive upcoming events and contests for OSHEAGA fans. Stay tuned to airmiles.ca/events for more information as it becomes available.
OSHEAGA will announce more bands and the daily lineup soon. More news on OSHEAGA Arts and Osheaga + MEG Pro industry gathering (formerly MMOI) will also be announced shortly.
Please note that OSHEAGA will present several shows at the Esplanade du centenaire du Canal Lachine before the festival: Of Monsters and Men with Half Moon Run on May 24, The XX with Grizzly Bear on June 7, The National with The Barr Brothers on June 13, and The Tragically Hip with Sam Roberts Band and Rural Alberta Advantage on June 22.
OSHEAGA will also host a SXSW showcase on March 16, with performances by Folly & The Hunter, Humans, Valleys, Half Moon Run, Lisa Leblanc and Plaster.
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Since 2006, the Osheaga Music and Arts festival has established itself as the most important festival of its genre in Canada. With its numerous outdoor stages located at parc Jean-Drapeau on Montreal’s Saint Helen’s Island, Osheaga attracted 120 000 music lovers from North America and Europe last year. A huge celebration dedicated to music and visual arts, Osheaga has given itself the objective of discovering local and national emerging talent offering them the opportunity to play alongside some of the biggest international artists in the business including: Coldplay, The Killers, Iggy & The Stooges, Sonic Youth, The Roots, Rufus Wainwright, Arcade Fire, Weezer et Eminem. Over the course of several days, approximately 100 bands will take to the various stages at parc Jean-Drapeau and across the city in the festive ambiance that only a Montreal summer can provide. Osheaga also holds a series of concerts and exhibitions in several locations around the city during the week leading up to the main event. For its eighth edition, the Osheaga Music and Arts festival, presented by Virgin Mobile, promises an exhilarating experience with, among others: The Cure, Mumford & Sons and Phoenix.
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Soulwax, Rhye, Mark Ronson vs. Riton and many more added to line-up
The 16th edition of Melt! Festival is taking shape, with a new wave of acts ready to perform on the Ferropolis peninsula from 19th to 21st July. Joining acts already announced, such as Atoms For Peace, The Knife, Alt-J and James Blake, are a whole host of thrilling new acts including Soulwax, Ryhe, Mark Ronson vs. Riton, Local Natives and Austra.
Over a decade ago, Soulwax emerged with edgy alternative and electro sounds. Having done an incredible range of remixes for countless artists under the guise of Too Many DJs, they also made themselves a name as versatile producers. Now they’ll bring the unique sound of albums like Any Minute Now and Much Against Everyone’s Advice to the City of Iron.
Electronic sounds will also be represented this year by Melt! residents Digitalism, whose track ?2 Hearts? was made the official festival song two years ago, plus Trentemøller with his electrifying live performance, and star producer Mark Ronson and Riton who will be getting behind the DJ booth together this year. Archive, who released their ninth album, With Us Until Your Dead, in 2012, and Amon Tobin will spin under the guise of Two Fingers, and the cryptic Swedish electro project iamamiwhoami will also perform.
Canadian trio Austra will cross the Atlantic to bring their epic soundscapes to the industrial backdrop of Ferropolis this year. Also making the journey are LA duo Rhye and Brooklyn-based Friends, who released their debut album Manifest! last year. Local Natives, MS MR, Diamond Version, Metro Area (live), Trümmer and Bicep also star and Berlin label Suol will bring their unique sound to the Gremmin Lake with Daniel Bortz, Chopstick & JohnJon, Till Von Sein and Trickski.
Tickets for Melt! Festival are available under the following link. More acts will be announced soon.
All confirmed acts so far
Alt-J | Atoms For Peace | Archive | Austra | Azealia Banks | Bambounou | Julio Bashmore | Barnt | Ben UFO | Bicep | James Blake | Chvrches | Dan Deacon | Daughter | Marcel Dettmann | Diamond Version | Disclosure | Django Django | DJ Koze | Eats Everything | Everything Everything | Ellen Allien | Fantastic Mr Fox | Flying Lotus | Friends | Function | Get Physical Special feat. Andhim, Catz ‘N Dogz, M.A.N.D.Y., Smash TV (live), Wankelmut | Henrik Schwarz & Band | iamamiwhoami | James Holden | Joy Orbison | Karenn | Kettcar | King Krule | Ben Klock | Laing | Local Natives | Christian Löffler | Mark Ronson vs. Riton | Metro Area (live) | Modeselektor & Apparat (DJ-Set) | Mount Kimbie | MS MR | Miss Kittin (live) | Mykki Blanco | The Knife | Oliver Koletzki | Markus Kavka | Owen Pallett | Purity Ring | Rebel Rave @ Big Wheel feat. Art Department, Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus u.a. | Rhye | Roosevelt | Rudimental | Ry/Frank Wiedemann | SBTRKT (DJ-Set) | Schwarzmann (live) | Scuba | Shields | Sinkane | Solomun | Soulwax | Suol special feat. Daniel Bortz, Chopstick & JohnJon, Till Von Sein and Trickski | Swim Deep | The 1975 | Todd Terje & Lindstrøm live | Trentemøller | Trümmer | Two Fingers | Otto Von Schirach | Woodkid | Zebra Katz and many more to be announced…
Regular 3-day tickets (EUR 119 plus booking fee and EUR 5 garbage disposal) Tickets are valid for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Camping: Thu, 18th July, 1pm – Mon, 22nd July, 3pm.