Quebec Summer Festival | Safe values ​​from here and elsewhere

After an aborted edition in 2020 and another presented at the Armory in 2021, the Festival d’été de Québec is finally reconnecting with the big names in international music. But the flagship event of “418” will once again give pride of place to Quebec artists, for 12 days, from July 6 to 17.

Posted April 7

Dominique Tardif

Dominique Tardif
The Press

Charlotte Cardin, Loud and Half Moon Run will display their colors on the main stage of the Plains of Abraham during carte blanche shows. Among the entire program unveiled Wednesday noon, 53 artists, out of the 120 names that appear there, are Quebecers or Franco-Canadians.


Loud, at the Festival d’été de Québec in 2021

Among them: Hubert Lenoir, Lisa LeBlanc, Patrick Watson, Alicia Moffet, Ariane Moffatt, Safia Nolin, Émile Bilodeau, Claudia Bouvette, Louis-Jean Cormier, Laura Niquay, Vincent Vallières, Gros Mené, NOBRO, Fouki, Sarahmée and Koriass .

Thanks to a clumsiness by the social media manager of the Swedish punk band Millencolin, who published part of the poster for this 2022 edition on his Facebook page, festival-goers already knew since Tuesday that Alanis Morissette, Sum 41, Garbage and Pennywise , in particular, would go for a ride in the capital in July.

“We reacted furiously, but unfortunately it was too late,” explained FEQ programming director Louis Bellevance in an interview. “The band team thought we were a day later. It’s a unintentional erroras they say, but it destabilized us. We’ve been keeping the confirmations secret for a year, in some cases. That it comes out 24 hours from the official announcement is depressing, but the consequences are not disastrous. »


Alanis Morissette, at the Metropolis in 2012

Catch up

The Canadian singer and ironist is one of the artists who were to be part of the 2020 edition, torpedoed by COVID-19. Rage Against the Machine agitators, surfer Jack Johnson, marshmallow-headed DJ Marshmello and Australian-born multi-instrumentalist artist Tash Sultana, Epicene formulation, will also fulfill their pledge they made a while ago. two years.

We really fought to save the sure values ​​of the 2020 program, which never took place. There were essentials like Jack Johnson that we had been working on for five years.

Louis Bellevance, director of programming at the FEQ

The major events on the Plains in many cases have the appearance of themed evenings, designed for fans of country pop (Luke Combs and Matt Lang on the 8th), rap ($uicideboy$ and 2 Chainz on the 10th), EDM (Marshmello and Alison Wonderland on the 13th), Latin pop (Luis Fonsi, none other than Monsieur Slowlyon the 14th), feminine alternative rock (Alanis, Garbage and The Beaches on the 15th) and explosive guitars (RATM and Alexisonfire on the 16th).


American DJ Marshmello

Other headliners include foppish Maroon 5, indie rock legends Spoon, Pakistani-American jazzwoman Arooj Aftab (who won a Grammy last weekend), the son of the founder of Afrobeat Femi Kuti, the rebel of the Halsey FM band, the Ukrainian folk band DakhaBrakha, the beautiful insolent Charli XCX, the sunny Belgian rapper Roméo Elvis, the Ivorian reggaeman Tiken Jah Fakoly and the unhappy gentlemen of Three Days Grace.

Not too early, not too late

Last February, Louis Bellavance co-signed with a dozen of his counterparts from the biggest festivals in Quebec a letter addressed to Prime Minister François Legault, demanding more predictability as to the sanitary measures and the gauges which would be in force come summer.

“We got the answers we wanted in a respectful time frame. It wasn’t too early, but it wasn’t too late either,” says the programmer today. The return to strict sanitary measures could have “very damaging” consequences [sur la santé financière de l’évènement]but we have had guarantees from the governments that this year, we are learning to live with [le virus] “.

Did the Festival d’été de Québec have to give up the presence of important musicians, because the way in which the new waves of COVID-19 would be received in Quebec seemed too unpredictable to them? “It is certain that in certain cases, the situation was too uncertain to engage in more difficult negotiations. It made artists more cautious. There are some who preferred to go to Europe, because they were convinced that there, it was not going to close. But overall, we can say that the result we have is very satisfactory. »

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