Festival d’été de Québec is back for its 50th anniversary, coinciding with Canada’s 150th birthday, and will be bringing us the best the festival has to offer. Featuring a lineup of 50 astounding acts, and with more to come, the festival will showcase both local and national headliners, emerging talent and internationally acclaimed artists over 11 days from July 6-16 at the world heritage UNESCO site of Québec City.
Seven time Grammy award winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, acrobatic pop star P!NK, double platinum Grammy award winning producer Flume, 10-time American Country Music award winners and multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum, chart-toppers Migos and two-time Grammy nominee Fetty Wap featuring Monty join the previously announced headliners Muse and iconic alt-rock band Metallica as part of this year’s festival. As if that wasn’t enough to get you excited, the festival will make all your nostalgic dreams come true with the addition of 90s boy band heartthrobs Backstreet Boys.
Some of our Canadian favourites like Andy Shauf, Arkells, The Strumbellas, and more also make an appearance on the lineup.
For a full list of the first 50 acts, please see the festival poster or visit FEQ’s official website.
General Manager Daniel Gélinas explains the importance of the 50th anniversary of Festival d’été de Québec, “We are so proud to remain one of the few major non-profit, independent festivals in North America. Throughout our history, we’ve been able to make the music of both emerging artists and international celebrities alike accessible to all. It has always been our mission since the inception of the Festival, and the 50th anniversary will more than ever continue to showcase that vision.”
To celebrate the 50th edition of the festival, a variety of free events and exhibitions highlighting the festival’s history will be presented. The festivities will include:
50 Summers of FEQ, an exhibition presenting photos, news articles, posters, and other mementos from previous editions of the festival. The collection will be on view to the public at the Parc de l’Amérique-Française from late June through the end of July.
At Parc de l’Amérique-Française, L’orchestre d’homme-orchestres, which creates musical instruments from everyday objects, will treat audiences to a show with music performed on recycled materials by its forty-plus members. The show is a tribute to Canada 150.
The French street theatre troupe Plasticiens Volants have devised a unique show for the festival’s 50th anniversary. Part puppet, part kite, its larger-than-life characters will float above the crowd in a musical production unlike any other experience. The mobile street performances begin around 11 PM, and travel from the Grande-Allée to the Coeur du FEQ, the Festival’s central rendezvous, for a grand finale, July 7 – 9.
The Transe Express troupe of street performers will dazzle audiences with a collection of trapeze artists, violinists, and an opera singer. The breathtaking show will combine theater, acrobatics, and music, all performed while suspended from a giant mobile. The production’s soundtrack, Lâcher de Violons, is composed of memorable musical moments from the Festival’s history. These overhead performances will start around 11 PM at the Grande-Allée and end at Coeur du FEQ from July 13 – 15.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit FEQ’s official website.
I’ve been involved in music my whole life and have developed a passion for helping out or working in the industry any way I can. I’m interested in helping talented artists gain the recognition they deserve in this crazy business. I am currently studying Communication Studies at York University in Toronto, and working at a local theatre doing marketing and communications, as well as helping out a local festival called Rock the Coliseum. Indie, alt-rock/pop, and metal are my favourites but I’m open to all music genres! If I’m not at a show, I’m doing yoga, grabbing coffee, or looking for some craft beer.