Festival d'été de Québec

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GenrePop music, folk music, rock music, electronic dance music, punk, hip hop, classical music, francophone music, world music
Dates(2020) July 9 to July 19
Location(s)Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Years activeSince 1968
Capacity125,000 (Standard) 3,000 (Gold) 2,000 (Silver) 2,000 (Signature).

The FEQ is an annual 11-day music festival in downtown Quebec City always starting on the first or second thursday of July. With its 132,000 passes sold, a total attendance of about 1.5 million peoples 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]) is located on the historic Plains of Abraham with a site capacity of over 90,000 (93,000 at The Rolling Stones concert in 2015). 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.


The festival has been taking place annually since 1968. 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 to diversify its music offering and go after international headliners from genres across the board, including rock music, punk, hip-hop, classical music, world music and electronic music.

The festival reached the million spectators mark for the first time in 2007 and sold-out passes for the first time in 2010.


The Bell Stage

The outdoor venues are :

1. The Bell Stage : Plains of Abraham (Capacity 90,000).
2. The Loto-Quebec Stage : Place George-V (Capacity 15,000).
3. The Hydro-Quebec Stage : Place d'Youville (Capacity 10,000).

The indoor venues are :

1. l'Imperial Bell.
2. District St-Joseph.
3. Anti-Bar.
4. Le d'Auteuil.
5. Manege Militaire.

These venues ( indoor ) complement the selection by offering different type of music concerts like jazz, world, rock and electronic music. There are several street performers throughout. Finally, a site called the "Place de la famille" ( Family Place ) hosts animation and events for children.

Main bands since 2010[edit]

2010 : Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Rush, The Black Eyed Peas, Arcade Fire, Dream Theater, Santana, Billy Talent, Steve Winwood, Roger Hodgson.

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

2012 : Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Lionel Richie, LMFAO, The Offspring, Our Lady Peace, Sarah McLachlan, Skrillex, Metric, Mastodon, City and Colour.

2013 : Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, Bruno Mars, Wu-Tang Clan, Weezer, Rush, Stevie Wonder, Foreigner, The Black Keys, Tiësto, Ellie Goulding.

2014 : Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Journey, Bryan Adams, The Killers, Soundgarden, Snoop Dogg, Queens Of The Stone Age, Cypress Hill, Deadmau5.

2015 : The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Boston, Megadeth, Keith Urban, Deep Purple, The Doobie Brothers, Jack Ü, Iggy Azalea, Milky Chance.

2016 : Rammstein, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duran Duran, Selena Gomez, The Cult, Ice Cube, Brad Paisley, The Lumineers.

2017 : Muse, The Who, Metallica, P!nk, Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, The Backstreet Boys, Lady Antebellum, Flume, Melissa Etheridge, Migos, DNCE.

2018 : Foo Fighters, The Weeknd, Neil Young, Shawn Mendes, Beck, Lorde, Future, Dave Matthews Band, The Chainsmokers, Jethro Tull, Sum 41.

2019 : Imagine Dragons, Twenty One Pilots, Mariah Carey, Slipknot, Blink-182, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kygo, Logic, Alt-J, Corey Hart, Live, The Offspring.

2020 : Announcement somewhere in march 2020.....


  1. ^ "La plus grande en Amérique du Nord", Le Journal de Québec, Québec, 5 June 2013.

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Coordinates: 46°48′06″N 71°13′16″W / 46.8017°N 71.2211°W / 46.8017; -71.2211