Sigur Ros, Black Keys, MGMT Line Up to Play Osheaga Music Festival

Though the organizers of Montreal’s Osheaga festival have been tweeting confirmed acts throughout this month, the official lineup for the event has now been released.

Sigur Ros, MGMT and the Black Keys are among those playing the star studded lineup this year. Officially known as the Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts, this year’s seventh annual event will take place August 3-5 in Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Other notable acts that will take the stage at the event include Snoop Dogg, Feist, Florence and the Machine, the Shins, Garbage, Atlas Sound, A$AP Rocky, the Black Lips and the Walkmen, among many others.

Since the event began, more than 300,000 music fans have attended the festival, and over 500 bands have played. Late last year the festival won “Event of the Year” at the ADISQ Awards. These awards are the Quebec equivalent of the Junos. In a post on the event’s official website, the organizers promise another great festival this year.

“In 2012, OSHEAGA will blow your mind with an outstanding line up, innovation worthy of the most famous music and arts festivals and as usual a unique and memorable experience.

If you are curious about the somewhat strange name of the festival, the word was a name used for the area that is now Montreal when the first European settlers came to the region. The festival’s website explains further:

The name is said to originate from Jacques Cartier when he met the Mohawks near the Lachine rapids in what is no Montreal. But so the Mohawk oral history goes the white man was waving his hands, either offering to shake hands or asking about rapids on the river. The astonished Mohawks looked at each other and said “O she ha ga” which meant people of shaking hands. From the meeting Cartier transcribed the word Osheaga as meaning large rapids while the Mohawks would use the oral phrase to describe where they met the people of the shaking hands.