Quebec City Summer Festival

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Quebec City Summer Festival
Location(s) Quebec City, Quebec
Years active Since 1968
Date(s) 2013: July 4 to July 14 (First Thursday to second Sunday of July)
Genre Music festival
Website www.infofestival.com

The Festival d'été de Québec (also known as by its acronym FEQ, or Quebec City Summer Festival in English) is an annual 11-days music festival in downtown Quebec City during the first week of July.

With its 150 000 passes sold, a total attendance of about 1.5 million festival-goers year in year out and its hundreds of performances spread over a dozen venues, the festival has established itself as a major player on the music festival circuit. Its main stage (the largest of its kind in North America[1][2]) is located on the historic Plains of Abraham with a site capacity of over 100 000. The festival is also known for its eclectic musical selection and its urban setting, with most venues in the downtown area and within walking distance of each other.

History[edit]

The festival has been taking place annually since 1968.[3] First editions were organized by a group of businesspersons and artists of Quebec City in order to show the artistic, economic, and tourist potential of the region. During the 1970s and 1980s, the festival specialized in musicians from the Francophonie and world music.

The festival grew substantially during the last decade after its decision diversify its music offering and go after international headliners from genres across the board, including rock music, punk, hip-hop, classical music, francophone music, world music and most recently electronic music.

The festival reached the million spectators mark for the first time in 2007[4] and sold-out (150 000 passes) for the first time in 2010, a feat it repeated every year since then.[5][6]

Setting[edit]

The three main outdoor venues of the Festival are the picturesque Plains of Abraham, the Parc de la francophonie, and the Place d'Youville. The primary indoor venues are l'Imperial and le Grand Théâtre de Québec, presenting classical music. Bars and nightclubs throughout the city complement the selection by offering jazz, world, and electronic music. There are several "arts de la rue", or street performers throughout. Finally, a site called the "Place de la famille" hosts animation and events for children.

Headliners[edit]

2008:[7] Linkin Park, Van Halen, NOFX, Stone Temple Pilots, Primus.

2009:[8] Kiss, Sting, Styx, Sean Paul.

2010:[9] Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Billy Talent, Rush, The Black Eyed Peas, Santana, Arcade Fire.

2011:[10] Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Elton John, Dropkick Murphys, John Fogerty, Hollywood undead, Ben Harper, The Black Keys, Simple Plan.

2012:[11] Roger Waters, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Skrillex, Lionel Richie, LMFAO, The Offspring, City and Colour, Our Lady Peace, Sarah McLachlan.

2013:[12] Wu-Tang Clan, The Black Keys, Bruno Mars, Weezer, Rush, Tiesto, Guns N' Roses, Stevie Wonder, Def Leppard.

2014 : The Killers, Bryan Adams, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Queens Of The Stone Age, Journey, Billy Joel, Soundgarden, Cypress Hill.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Press Release "New Stage on the Plains of Abraham - gargantuan and Innovative – designed by a Quebec Company", Unisson Structures, Montreal, 6 June 2013. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  2. ^ Bélanger, Cédric. "La plus grande en Amérique du Nord", Le Journal de Québec, Québec, 5 June 2013. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  3. ^ "The Festival", Festival d'été de Québec. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  4. ^ "The Festival", Festival d'été de Québec. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  5. ^ Press Release "The Festival d'été de Québec - Just Keep On Growing!", Festival d'été de Québec, Québec, 29 November 2011. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  6. ^ Press Release "A success right across the board!", Festival d'été de Québec, Québec, 16 July 2012. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  7. ^ "2008 Program", Festival d'été de Québec. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  8. ^ "2009 Program", Festival d'été de Québec. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  9. ^ "2010 Program", Festival d'été de Québec. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  10. ^ "2011 Program", Festival d'été de Québec. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  11. ^ "2012 Program", Festival d'été de Québec. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.
  12. ^ "2013 Line-Up", Festival d'été de Québec. Retrieved on 7 June 2013.