The Cigale event was originally to be presented in 2020, but the pandemic decided otherwise. Three years later, the festival which combines music, food and beach will live, Saturday and Sunday, on the edge of the river, in the Bay of Beauport, its very first edition.
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“I can’t wait to see our baby born. We’ve been talking about it for so long, with all the postponements that there have been due to COVID-19, ”launched Dominique Goulet, director of programming, Wednesday, during a telephone interview.
A few minutes before the Australian Kim Churchill – one of the 16 guest artists, who was to be there in 2020 – offers a surprise performance of about thirty minutes on the terrace of the Archibald microbrewery in the Petit Champlain district.
City and Colour, Kaleo, Andy Gramme and Portugal. The Man are the headliners of this first edition.
We will also find Fitz and The Tantrums, Forest Blakk, Allan Rayman, Kid Francescoli, the Hay Babies, Marième, The Franklin Electric, CRi, Kim Churchill, Robert Robert, Milk & Bone and Pierre Kwenders. The artists will follow one another, from 2:30 p.m., on two stages set up directly on the beach of the Bay of Beauport.
All confirmed groups will be present and the weather should be favourable. Especially for Saturday day.
“It’s the dream scenario,” dropped the programming director, preferring not to talk too much about the weather, out of superstition.
The site will take shape from Thursday and assembly will continue during the day on Saturday. A decision taken to allow regular users of the Baie de Beauport to take advantage of the beautiful days on the site between now and the Cigale event.
With the variants that are present, some B plans are in place in case COVID-19 affects some artists by the weekend.
“We have B plans and we also have the possibility of playing with the duration of the performances of the different artists. I’m not too worried about that. I have noticed, over the past few months, with the shows that have been presented at the Videotron Center, that the tours are super responsible and super careful on the COVID-19 side”, she pointed out.
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Dominique Goulet, programming director
With sales that have been a bit slow since the packages went on sale, Dominique Goulet is happy with what she’s seeing right now.
“We must not forget that this is a first edition. It’s going to be great and the atmosphere is going to be interesting. It’s a first, and it’s an opportunity to tame the event. I am confident for the rest of things, ”she said about the future of Cigale, which will come back every summer.
A maximum of 10,000 spectators will be admitted to the site for each day.
“We don’t want it to be too gigantic and too busy. We want it to be something on a human scale. Which is the DNA of our event,” she said, referring to a relaxed, California-style atmosphere.
3 SHOWS NOT TO BE MISSED
The director of programming, Dominique Goulet, has targeted three shows not to be missed during the first edition of the Cigale event.
Sunday – 4:30 p.m., Stage WKND 91.9
” I never saw it. I can’t wait to see how he will translate his latest album on stage. He’s also an artist to watch because he made the short list for the Polaris Prize, which is awarded to Canadian album of the year, with José Louis and The Paradox of Love. »
Fitz and the Tantrums
Sunday – 5:30 p.m., GURU Stage
“I spoke with a few agents about other cases and when I referred to Fitz and the Tantrums, I was told that I had taken a good catch. People feel like they don’t know them, but when you hear about their successes, like HandClap and I Just Wanna Shine, they know these songs. »
Portugal. The Man
Sunday – 9:30 p.m., GURU Stage
“It’s a group, like Fitz and the Tantrums, which has never been to Quebec City and which rocks on stage. It is a formation that overflows with energy. It will be perfect if the weather is nice. I am told that they will thrash the place.
►The program and all the details of the event at cigalequebec.com.