Without the other half of his duo Switch, or their regular MC Skerrit Bwoy, Major Lazer instead shone the spotlight where it deserved: into the audience. With two dancers hyping the crowd, Diplo's Caribbean electro fusion worked the audience into a frenzy.
Only in Montreal can you see a side dance tent erupt the way it did for Major Lazer. Whether jumping in unison, waving their shirts over their head, or becoming props for some borderline obscene onstage daggering, the Osheaga faithful were well into the spirit of the act.
Even Diplo couldn't help but feel the heat of the party. Mixing dancehall, reggae and soca sounds with forward-thinking electro evidently works up a sweat. By the end of the set, he had shed his full suit for nothing but a tanktop. And he wasn't the only one shedding layers.
Many have said the mainstream catches up to Diplo within a year or two. Judging by his Osheaga set, it's not hard to see why others in the electronic world are looking to him for inspiration.