Festival d'été de Québec

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FEQ
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GenrePop music, folk music, rock music, electronic dance music, punk, hip hop, classical music, francophone music, world music
DatesJuly 8 to 18 (2021)
Location(s)Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Years active1968–2019, 2021–
Attendance1,800,000 (2017, 11 days total)[1]

1,700,000 (2008, 11 days total)[2]

350,000 (1979, 6 days total)[2]
Capacity125,000 (Standard) 3,000 (Gold) 2,000 (Silver) 2,000 (Signature).
Websitewww.feq.ca/en/

Festival d'été de Québec (FEQ) is the biggest outdoor musical event in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The event was held since 1968, the 11-day festival takes place every year in July. FEQ's eclectic programming includes the biggest international stars and emerging artists from around the globe. Its main stage is the biggest self-supporting stage in North America. Festival d’été de Québec is presented by Bell in collaboration with Coors Light. The 53rd edition of the FEQ will take place from July 8 to 18, 2021.

History[edit]

The festival has been taking place annually since 1968. The 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 dance music.

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

This festival went on hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the 53rd edition being deferred to 2021.

Setting[edit]

The Bell Stage

The outdoor venues :

  • The Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham (Capacity 80,000)
  • Parc Grande Allée (Capacity 25,000; two stages in alternation with no waiting time between sets)[3]
    • The Loto-Quebec Stage at Place George-V ( South Side )
    • The SiriusXM Stage at Parc de la Francophonie ( North Side )
  • The Hydro-Quebec Stage at Place d'Youville (Capacity 10,000)
  • The Bell Fibe Stage at Place de L'Assemblée-Nationale (Capacity 2,000)


The indoor venue :

  • The Quebec City Armoury ( Manege Militaire in French ) (for all Extra-FEQ concerts starting around midnight) (Capacity 1,000)


A site called the "Place de la famille" (Family Place) hosts animation and events for children.
Street performers are a staple of the FEQ. They can be found all over the winding streets of Old Quebec during the festival.

Main bands (2011–2019, 2021–)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Achalandage record en 2017 au FEQ", Le Soleil, Quebec City, February 21, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Historique du FEQ", Festival d'été de Québec (Official website)
  3. ^ "Création du parc Grande Allée au FEQ", Festival d'été de Québec (Press Release), Quebec City, February 12, 2020.

External links[edit]

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