Possible Osheaga expansion not music to some ears

The organizers of the annual summertime Osheaga music festival are thinking of expanding and allowing more fans to join the festivities, something that is making some folks a little antsy.

The three-day music blowout on Île Ste Helene draws 45,000 fans a year. Organizers told la Presse newspaper they would like to increase that to 60,000 by expanding the concert viewing area.

Melanie Perlman said she's enjoyed the past two years at the festival but the crowds can get a little hectic.

"Especially during the night when it gets darker and the crowd tends to get a lot  larger when you have the headlining artists. Everybody kind of converges all to one place and it just becomes complete chaos," Perlman told CJAD 800 News.

Daniel Gour is among the St. Lambert residents who get frustrated with the noise.

"We don't hear the crowd really, it's more the sound system we hear," Gour said.

He added he is not impressed with a proposal to make the festival a two-weekend event.

"We're talking whole, complete days of boom, boom, boom, that shakes our windows and that we feel even in the house," Gour said.

Perlman said more concertgoers would make her think twice about going.

"I say, expand the grounds but keep the number of people, because it seems to work as it is," Perlman said.

"Their three day passes are selling out so obviously they're doing something right. So I don't think adding more people is really the best way to go."

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  1. Ryan posted on 07/22/2014 06:34 PM
    Pros: Living in a nice home in St. Lambert and probably having a stable life and a decent amount of money in the bank.

    Cons: A few loud days in the summer.

    Sorry guys, sometimes life isn't lollipops and rainbows.
  2. Evan L posted on 07/28/2014 07:52 AM
    "Their three day passes are selling out so obviously they're doing something right. So I don't think adding more people is really the best way to go."

    ...... The fact they are selling out is why they want to expand.. because they can.
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