Le Festival d’été de Québec


It’s time for the annual Quebec City Summer Festival, and I thought I’d share my schedule for the proceedings.

The festival has been going since 1968 and now apparently achieves a total attendance of a staggering 1.5 million. The city is pretty much overrun for ten or eleven days, with outdoor and indoor venues all over the place. The biggest venue is on the historic Plaines d’Abraham, which (when it’s not covered in snow) looks like this:


But during the festival evenings, looks something like this:


Quebec does love its 80’s music, so there’s always a lot of that, with smatterings of contemporary and traditional thrown in for good measure too.

Here’s my schedule:

Friday 4th: This was quite tricky, because for me it was a toss up between
Lady Gaga or St. Vincent. Quite a few people have been saying good things about St. Vincent, and after listening to both her and Gaga‘s last album,
St. Vincents was definitely the better. Actually what almost tipped it for me was the
St. Vincent support act Thus Owls, which is the best music of the lot, but in the end I’m bowing down to conformity and going to see the mystical Lady Gaga on the Plaines d’Abraham, as even though she’s not my usual cup of proverbial tea, the massive sparkling energetic show with 150,000 or more people should be quite something.

So: Lady Gaga it is, supported by Tegan and Sara.

Saturday 5th: Snoop D-O-double-G is in the house! Or rather, on the Plains! That’s going to be amazing, and there’s some hippity-hoppity support acts too!

Sunday 6th: Well, on the Plains there’s the Steve Miller Band and then Journey, but I just don’t think I can handle that, so I’m off to see Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch play some blues at The Petit Imperial instead, because the name deserves it alone.

Monday 7th: Electro night, with Black Atlass, Electric Youth, and Phantogram playing at the Imperial de Quebec.

Tuesday 8th: Black Tiger Sex Machine, GTA, The Crystal Method, and
The Bloody Beetroots all at The Loto-Quebec stage area in the Parc de la Francophonie.

Wednesday 9th: A return at last to the Plaines d’Abraham for The Glitch Mob and Deadmau5!

Thursday 10th: Queens of the Stone Age on the plains were tempting, but I can’t pass up Cypress Hill in the Parc de la Francophonie.

Friday 11th: Blondie and Billy Joel. Blondie would be pretty good, I’m sure, but I’ve a feeling I might bail out and take a day off here, unless I decide to check out one the obscure acts playing at the other venues…

(** edit – ok, I was being a bit mean by omission to Billy Joel here, (I’ll probably enjoy the show well enough even though I’m generally neutral about his music) and after a conversation with @tokidokizenzen I’ve decided that I probably will go see him and Blondie after all!)

Saturday 12th: This is my 39th birthday! Suuns and Marillion at the Parc de la Francophonie. Yes!

Sunday 13th: The last day of the festival, and it’s going to be tempting to go to see Bryan Adams just for ‘The Summer of ’69‘ and to re-live the horror of that Robin Hood song that was pretty good to begin with but took forever to go away…

So that’s it. Bear in mind I’ll have to take the ferry over the fleuve every day, walk to the venue, then stagger back the same way at the end of each night. It’s going to be pretty exhausting, but fun! 🙂



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