Metro Metro 2023 Review

Montreal's Urban Music Festivity Returns with a Roar

Mason Moeller

5/24/20231 min read

The much-awaited Metro Metro Festival 2023 emerged as a grand spectacle of Montreal's urban music, drawing in an enormous crowd from May 19th to 21st. The scene at Parc Olympique Esplanade was nothing short of a music carnival, thrumming with the rhythm and lyrics of renowned artists like Lil Wayne, Jack Harlow, and Lil Baby. The festival also shone a spotlight on a variety of talents from the U.S. such as Cordae, Coi Leray, Lil Tjay, Yeat, and The Kid Laroi, in addition to Canadian artists including Nav, Killy, Murda Beatz, and Sarahmée.

An impressive turnout of primarily young adults and teenagers attested to the surging appeal of hip-hop festivals in Canada. The event was further enhanced by the mostly pleasant weather and an electrifying environment, all set against the picturesque backdrop of Montreal.

That said, the festival wasn't immune to a few hiccups. Most notably, Lil Wayne's scheduled one-hour set was reduced to a mere 15 minutes due to his delayed arrival. He was originally slated to perform from 10 p.m., but he only managed to make it by 10:45 p.m. Consequently, due to the festival's 11 p.m. curfew, his act was significantly shortened. Day 2 saw Jack Harlow taking the stage, captivating around 10,000 attendees, even as the rain poured down relentlessly.

Despite these setbacks, the festival's spirit was undeterred. Both artists and attendees demonstrated their enthusiasm and commitment to the event, underlining the significant role Metro Metro Festival plays in promoting urban music in Canada. As the festival concluded, it was evident that this annual celebration of music has carved a unique space for itself in the Canadian music landscape.