19 Jul Festival d’été de Québec: An Unforgettable 55th Edition
Festival d’été de Québec: An Unforgettable 55th Edition
With the curtain call of the Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ), BLEUFEU, the event organizer and show promoter behind FEQ, reflects on this 55th edition, filled with twists and turns, marked by several events that will be etched in the memories of festival goers.
“We faced significant challenges this year, but amidst the hurdles, cancellations, and weather uncertainties, we managed to achieve wonderful things, thanks to our festival goers. They showed unwavering trust in us and enthusiastically embraced all our offerings, rain or shine. We thank them for their loyalty and massive participation,” said Nicolas Racine, CEO of BLEUFEU. “We cannot overlook the incredible work of our teams and the exceptional collaboration with our partners and suppliers, which allowed us to reprogram the evening lineup of July 13, to tonight.”
Bell Stage at the Plains of Abraham
The main stage of FEQ experienced tremendous enthusiasm, especially during the July 7th performance by Imagine Dragons, who made up for their missed 2019 show with the festival goers. The highly anticipated group performed to a packed Plains of Abraham. The venue was filled to capacity not once but twice, as the July 14th show featuring Pitbull also reached its full capacity, transforming the historic site into a gigantic dance floor.
Among the love stories with Quebec City, we must mention the rock lesson delivered by Foo Fighters, making their third appearance here, and Billy Talent, who opened the festival with infectious energy. The Plains witnessed magical moments, including the enchanting Lana Del Rey, eagerly awaited by her numerous fans with whom a profound connection was felt.
The July 13th evening, with the shortened performance of Robert Charlebois followed by a brief appearance of Les Cowboys Fringants during a thunderstorm, left a deep emotional impact.
Another festival’s highlight undoubtedly was Green Day and their more than generous performance. With undeniable charisma, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong held the crowd in the palm of his hand, engaging with them throughout the show and delighting fans by sharing the stage with them not once, but twice.
“The true stars of FEQ are always the fans,” emphasized Louis Bellavance, VP of Content and Artistic Direction. “They are passionate and curious. Our lineup revolved around rock, but with a good measure of depth. The enthusiastic response from the audience for Imagine Dragons, Zach Bryan, Pitbull, and Lana Del Rey gives me hope. Rock is essential in Québec; it’s our roots, but the FEQ audience knows no bounds. Festival goers are ready to follow us and provide us with the tools to continue evolving and growing. It’s an honor and a privilege for the programming team to raise the bar so high,” he concluded.
Loto-Québec and SiriusXM Stages at Parc de la Francophonie
FEQ’s second stage also attracted large audiences, especially during the July 9th show led by Cypress Hill and the July 15th performance by the joyous gang of Québec Redneck Bluegrass Project. During these two explosive nights, festival-goers who chose not to be in the midst of large crowds enjoyed the show in the comfort of Place George-V, equipped with giant screens, concessions, relaxation areas, and Instagram-worthy settings.
This new setup made the wait for festival goers much more enjoyable, and the site’s circulation was smooth. The pop evening on July 8th with sensations Jessie Reyes and Stephan Sanchez, as well as the all-metal night on July 12th concluded by Lamb of God, once again confirmed the multi-genre approach of FEQ. We cannot overlook the rare visit of Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, through their project The Smile, which surprised many.
Hydro-Québec Stage at Place de l’Assemblée-Nationale
The programming of the Hydro-Québec Stage allowed the largest number of people to enjoy a variety of free shows, including delightful discoveries like Sudan Archives and established artists like Dumas. DakhaBrakha, Gab Bouchard, and Les Hay Babies were among the highlights of this free programming open to all.
With eight Pop-Up FEQ events, many curious minds were drawn in, especially those attending Robert Charlebois at Place d’Youville, Gab Bouchard on Avenue Cartier, and the new FEQ darling, TALK, at Terrasse Dufferin.
Presented every night at the Manège militaire, the Extras FEQ allowed night owls to keep the party going late with a selection of electronic music that saw Alaclair Ensemble and Qualité Motel offer fiery DJ set performances. The electro shift initiated by FEQ for this series proved to be a success.
An Edition That Will Be Etched in Memory
The 55th musical rendezvous was, in essence, a historical edition, marked by challenges and spectacular moments that will forever remain in the collective memory of festival goers.
We look forward to return next year!
Fotos: Cortesía Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ)